Patent Number: 6,167,429

Title: Service access using limited set of characters

Abstract: Using a server to provide access to a plurality of unrelated types of services, to a user communicating from a remote terminal to the server, by detecting a service access command sent from the user, the service access command comprising an indication of a service type, the service access command having a syntax which uses only alphanumeric characters, or "#" or "*" characters. Interpreting the command involves extracting the service type, to detect if the command further comprises one or more parameters relating to the service, extracting any such parameters and initiating the provision of the selected service. By having a server which understands commands in a form having a syntax using a limited set of characters, service access from telephones or terminals with smaller keyboards, becomes easier.

Inventors: Mercer; David Edward William (Stittsville, CA), Macfarlane; Ian Alexander (Stittsville, CA), Craddock; A. Julian (Greely, CA)

Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101); H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017