Method and apparatus for generating and communicating messages between subscribers to an electronic messaging network

  • US 5,894,506 A
  • Filed: 09/05/1996
  • Issued: 04/13/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of communicating messages between subscribers to an electronic messaging network, comprising the steps of:

  • maintaining, at a network operation center, a first file of canned messages and message codes respectively assigned to the canned messages;

    maintaining at a first terminal of a first subscriber a second file of canned messages corresponding to the first file;

    selecting an appropriate canned message from the second file for transmission to a second terminal of a designated second subscriber;

    sending the message code assigned to the selected canned message to the network operation center;

    retrieving the selected canned message from the first file using the message code received from the first terminal;

    determining whether the second terminal can receive the canned message in a text form or message code form; and

    communicating the selected canned message to the second terminal in either message code form or text code form in response to the determination.

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