Method and apparatus for displaying information during an instant messaging session

  • US 8,458,278 B2
  • Filed: 03/20/2007
  • Issued: 06/04/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • at a computing device with a display;

    displaying a communication session window on the display, the communication session window being configured to display instant messages from a first participant and instant messages from a second participant during an instant messaging session between the first participant and the second participant, the communication session window being partitioned into a right region and a left region, the right region being associated with the first participant and the left region being associated with the second participant, wherein;

    the right region includes;

    a portion that begins at the right edge of the communications session window and is free from overlapping the left region; and

    a portion that partially overlaps with the left region such that an instant message from the first participant extends from the right region partially into the left region; and

    the left region includes;

    a portion that begins at the left edge of the communications session window and is free from overlapping the right region; and

    a portion that partially overlaps with the right region such that an instant message from the second participant extends from the left region partially into the right region;

    receiving instant messages from the first participant and instant messages from the second participant during the instant messaging session between the first participant and the second participant;

    for each respective instant message in the instant messaging session between the first participant and the second participant;

    determining whether the respective instant message is from the first participant or the second participant;

    based on a determination that the respective instant message is from the first participant, displaying the respective instant message in a speech balloon in the right region of the communication session window that is associated with the first participant, andbased on a determination that the respective instant message is from the second participant, displaying the respective instant message in a speech balloon in the left region of the communication session window that is associated with the second participant.

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