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Multimedia electronic mail
Author(s): Brian Yamamoto
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Paper Abstract

Electronic mail is a facility, analogous to postal mail, in which computers are used to compose, deliver, and receive messages. Traditional electronic mail systems rely solely on text as the medium of communication. A multi-media electronic mall application, Mail, combines the media of Rich Text, voice, images, and electronic documents to facilitate interpersonal communication. With Mail, these various media can be integrated into a single message. The variety of available media and the complexity of the messages that result from their combination make it important for Mail to have a simple user interface. It was possible to develop a simple, graphically-based interface that would accommodate Mail's message complexity. The integration of these diverse media is made practical by the rich operating environment in which Mail runs. Modern advances in hardware, operating systems, libraries, and servers make possible this powerful multi-media electronic mail application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1258, Image Communications and Workstations, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19942
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Brian Yamamoto, NeXt, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1258:
Image Communications and Workstations
Walter Bender; Mitsunaga Saito, Editor(s)

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