Re: 4 suggestions for Text
Tue, 10 Oct 1995 23:03:32 -0400

I was wondering if it is a good idea to post a wish list like the one
below? Feed back anyone?

John Kit

> 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
> unreadable.
> 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!
> Keith