4 suggestions for Text

Keith Wood (keith@cognisense.com)
Tue, 10 Oct 1995 20:27:08 -0500

1st of all, can someone please email-me how to join this list??? thx.

My 4 suggestions all revolve around a re-thinking of how text is utilized
in CU-SeeMe. I believe that these four suggestions will SIGNIFICANTLY
enhance CU-SeeMe as a communications tool:

1) create a seperate textfield for typed comments, and place
it directly under the video.
Having the text appear inside the video can result in the
text's being affected by the
lossy compression algorithm, and is often therefore

2) allow us to send and receive text even when our video
broadcast is PAUSEd.
At 28.8 speed, in order to communicate via text, I have
to enable my video broadcasting -
effectively halving my video receiving bandwidth.

3) allow us to open a window for any participant in TEXT only mode.
With 4 video-capable users, the useable bandwidth becomes
too diluted. I'd like to 'hear' what
some other user wants to say to me - but as it is now,
I'd have to have his video window visible
in order to 'hear' his typing. If he/she types
something of interest to me, I'll then go and make
him/her visible.

4) enable lurkers to both send and receive text.
It would be nice to be able to communicate w/ lurkers -
even if we can't see them.

In a nutshell:

Give me text-based communication at ALL times,
and let me decide when and how to allocate my limited bandwidth.

Thanks for listening!