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1. WO2007104648 - NETWORKED INSTANT MESSAGING TECHNIQUE

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CLAIMS

1. A computer-implemented method of chat communication among
participants comprising the steps of:
displaying a sequence of chat communication messages in a window of a screen;
reordering said sequence of said chat communication messages in said window to create a new window display by relocating selected ones of said chat communication messages to desired positions; and
propagating said new window display to others of said participants in said chat communication.

2. The method according to claim 1, wherein reordering said sequence of chat communication messages comprises relocating said selected ones of said chat communication messages with respect to others of said chat communication messages.

3. The method according to claim 1, further comprising the steps of:
identifying said selected ones of said chat communication messages by an ancillary visual indicator in said window, wherein said ancillary visual indicator is not present in said window during periods in which said step of reordering is not being performed; and
transmitting control messages to said other participants indicative of said reordering.

4. The method according to claim 1, wherein said step of reordering comprises actuating controls on said window that are respectively associated with said chat communication messages.

5. The method according to claim 1, wherein said step of reordering comprises πght-clickmg on said chat communication messages to display a popup menu and selecting a relocation option from said popup menu.

6. The method according to claim 1, wherein said participants in said chat communication comprise clients that are linked to a server in a data network.

7. A method of chat communication among participants comprising the steps of:
displaying chat communication messages in a window;

visually emphasizing or de-emphasizmg selected ones of said chat communication messages in said window to create a new window display; and propagating said new window display to others of said participants in said chat communication.

8. The method according to claim 7, further comprising the step of identifying said selected ones of said chat communication messages on said new window display by triggering audio effects that are perceptible by said participants.

9. The method according to claim 7, wherein said step of emphasizing comprises actuating controls on said window that are respectively associated with said chat communication messages.

10. The method according to claim 7, wherein said step of emphasizing comprises right-clicking on said chat communication messages to display a popup menu and selecting an emphasis option from said popup menu.

11. A computer software product for conducting chat communication among participants, including a computer-readable medium in which computer program instructions are stored, which instructions, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to carry out the steps of any of claims 1 to

10.

12. A data processing system for chat communication, comprising:
a client device linked to other devices via a server in a data network, wherein said server is operative to automatically distribute data among said client device and said other devices;
a memory accessible by said client device; and
a software program in said memory comprising program instructions, which instructions, when executed by said client device, cause said client device to carry out the steps of any of claims 1 to 10.