A system and method for communication in an online electronic chat environment having multiple communication devices connected to each other in a communication network is provided. Displayed on a display screen of an electronic communication device of the multiple communication devices, is a chat region configured to hold text, and a graphics region to hold graphic objects. The chat region and the graphics region are positioned on a common electronic canvas of the display screen. Text from the chat region can be moved to the graphics region, and graphic objects in the graphics region may be moved to the chat region. The design allows for the mixing of chat and graphics in a common window when material is moved between the two modalities. In additional embodiments, the text in the chat region and the graphics in the graphics region are synchronized whereby movement of one causes action in the other.

Eric Saund, Jaime Ruiz, James V Mahoney. 2013. System and method for synchronized authoring and access of chat and graphics. U.S. Patent No. 8,464,167. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

@misc{saund2013system,
  title={System and method for synchronized authoring and access of chat and graphics},
  author={Saund, Eric and Ruiz, Jamie G and Mahoney, James V},
  year={2013},
  month=jun # "~11",
  publisher={Google Patents},
  note={US Patent 8,464,167}
}