Method and apparatus for assembling and presenting structured voicemail messages

  • US 6,240,391 B1
  • Filed: 05/25/1999
  • Issued: 05/29/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving an electronic message addressed to a recipient, the message comprising a plurality of messaging elements, at least some of the messaging elements being content-related that are each associated with a portion of the content of the message, and at least one of the messaging elements comprising instructions that define a structure of the message from which at least some of the content-related messaging elements can be sequentially combined for presentation to the recipient as a unified message;

    storing the received message in a mailbox associated with the recipient;

    in response to a request for the message from the recipient, retrieving the stored message, interpreting the instructions that define the structure of the message, and assembling and combining at least some of the content-related messaging elements in accordance with the instructions, and sequentially presenting the assembled and combined content-related messaging elements to the recipient as a unified message.

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