Method and apparatus for accessing a contacts database and telephone services

  • US 7,743,188 B2
  • Filed: 08/10/2005
  • Issued: 06/22/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/12/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for operating a computing device, the method comprising:

  • detecting a first key entry that is ambiguous as being interpretable by (i) a first application operating on the computing device as having a first value, and (ii) a second application operating on the computing device as having a second value;

    using the first value of the first key entry to produce a first result of the first application;

    providing the first result;

    using the second value of the first key entry to produce a second result of the second application;

    providing the second result;

    detecting a second key entry;

    if the second key entry is ambiguous as being interpretable by the first application as having a third value and by the second application as having a fourth value, then;

    using the third value of the second key entry to produce a third result of the first application,providing the third result,using the fourth value of the second key entry to produce a fourth result of the second application,providing the fourth result,else if the second key entry is unambiguous as being interpretable by only the first application, then providing a result of only the first application using the first value of the first key entry and the third value of the second key entry.

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