Text Messaging Application Design

Thomas Wood thomas at openedhand.com
Fri Oct 19 12:12:51 CEST 2007

On Fri, 2007-10-19 at 10:11 +0200, Dave Neary wrote:
> Hi,

> If the chat was still open (of course, in a softphone this is easier -
> you could use a time delay, say <1h, to make this more intuitive in a
> cellphone environment) then new SMS messages were simply to be presented
> as the next line of the chat dialog. If the chat had been closed in the
> meantime, it was considered to be a new discussion, and was stored as
> such in the history.

Personally a time delay isn't going to work for me. I often have
conversations using SMS with gaps of more than 24 hours.

However, I think categorising the messages based on person is much
better and more useful than categorising on status (inbox, outbox, etc).

As for the design of the application, I can imagine the first screen
listing all your messages (both sent and received) sorted by time. Sent
messages would be shaded and perhaps formatted in a different way. There
would then be an option to filter the display based on a particular
contact (or phone number if no contact matches).



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