Imagetalk Vocabulary

While developing Imagetalk we have had to define and redefine many things. As to understand the functionality of Imagetalk in a clear and coherent way, it is a good idea to read through what we mean with the various terms and definitions.

Menu button:

The button, which opens the menu. It is placed in the bottom centre in each view. Behind the button you find all the available actions and settings for that context.


Opens when pressing the menu button. In the menu you find all the actions and settings which are possible in the respective operation mode. The actions are represented by symbols.

Actual user:

A person who uses the symbol-based Imagetalk application with a customizable symbol book, and takes advantage of visual and auditive communication assistance, also called AAC.

Alarm and reply:

Settings for checking a calendar message. When you save a message to the calendar, you can choose between four different alarm and reply options.


You can add more than one word or expression to a message symbol. One of them is visible under the symbol, and the others are hidden as so-called aliases. With aliases your message partners can use nicknames (‘mom’ as alias for ‘mother’) or they can use grammatically correct expressions (‘to swim’ as alias for ‘swim’ or ‘go to’ as alias for ‘go’, enabling ‘go to swim’).


You can save the message, which you composed in the composer, to the Archive. You can later on locate it in the Archive, and show it to your message partner in face-to-face communication.


The assistant can edit the symbol book of the actual user. Additionally, the assistant can add symbols to custom-made symbol libraries.

Book Editor:

The tool for making symbol books for actual users. You drag symbols from libraries to the book, and thereby create a customized book for your actual user. You can attach user-specific words and expressions to an symbol with the alias feature.


An integrated part of the Imagetalk application, where you store messages in time order. It contains a day view where the calendar messages of that day are in time order, and a week view from where you can move to other days forward or backward in time. The calendar also incorporates a timer view, which shows the remaining time to the next upcoming calendar event.

Calendar message:

An Imagetalk message with a time stamp and options for repeat, alert and reply.


The Imagetalk application mode where you compose Imagetalk messages to be sent over the air, saved in the archive or stored in the calendar. You compose the message by selecting from the symbol book the words and expressions, which you want to include in the message. Accordingly you can remove symbols from the end of the message area by pointing at them.

Day view:

Calendar messages are placed in the calendar day view in time order, and thus the calendar messages constitute an assistive time organizer for the user.

Display strip:

The narrow strip between the message and selection areas which shows information about the selection area content. In the Composer the display strip shows which page the user has selected. In Inbox and Archive the strip shows how many pages of messages there are in respective mode. In Calendar day view it shows the amount of pages of that day, and in week view the selected week in relation to the current.


You can have folders in your symbol book. By pressing the folder symbol you open the folder, where you can have one or more pages of symbols. Always when you open a folder, the fiirst symbol inside the folder is Back, with which you can close the folder.

Folder symbol:

An symbol which is not copied to the message area, but opens instead the according folder. The folder can contain both message symbols and further folder symbols.

Header area:

The first symbol of each message in Inbox and Archive is shown in the header area below the display strip. By pressing the header symbol you get the according message in the message area.


All incoming messages are placed in the Inbox. The latest message is shown last in the header area.


An Imagetalk message contains symbols attached to text. You compose the message in the Composer by selecting symbols from the symbol book. Your message partners can create messages purely text-based either as a SMS-message or e-mail. When such a message is opened in the Imagetalk Inbox, the word and expression which are found in the symbol book are shown with the according symbols.

Message row:

The upper part of the Imagetalk application views, where the message is shown. If there are more symbols in the message than can be shown on the message row, the message can be opened in the message view with the Open button in the upper right corner. In the upper left corner of the message area you find the Speak button.

Message symbol:

There can be two types of symbols in the symbol book: message symbols and folder symbols. You can select message symbols to messages whereas folder symbols don’t move to the message area, but open the underlying folder, where you can select message symbols to be included in your message.

Message partner:

A person to who an actual user can address messages, and who can send messages to that actual user. A message partner can use the symbols-based Imagetalk user interface or a text-based device, such as the text-messaging feature of a mobile phone or an e-mail client.

Message view:

If the message is longer than what can be shown on the message row, it can be opened in the message view with the Open button in the upper right corner of the header view. Accordingly you can return back to the basic view with the Close button in the upper right corner of the message view.

Mode button:

The button area which you use in order to move from one operation mode to another in the Imagetalk application. It is placed in the upper edge of the screen. The modes are Composer, Archive, Inbox and Calendar. The mode button shows with small symbols these four modes, showing the selected mode but also an incoming message (a blinking envelope) and an alerting calendar event (a blinking clock).

Navigation buttons:

The buttons with which you can browse selection areas page by page. They are placed in the lower corners of the screen. If you are on the first page the left navigation button is disabled, and if you are on the last page the right navigation button is disabled. If the selection area contains only one page, both navigation buttons are disabled.

Scroll buttons:

The left and right arrow buttons in the upper cornes of the Composer view. You can use these buttons to scroll the message forward and back when you have more symbols in your message than can be shown at once on the message row. When the first symbol of the message is visible, the left scroll button is replaced with the Speak button, and when the last symbol of the message is visible, the right scroll button is replaced with the Open button, with which you can open the whole message in the message view.

Speech synthesis:

The Imagetalk application has a built-in speech synthesizer, which is used to augment the understanding of symbols and messages with an auditive channel. If you want to speak a message with speech synthesis, press the Speak button in the upper left corner. In the Composer you can also use the Select&speak and Info&speak features.

Symbol book:

The user-specific symbol collection organized on consecutive pages and/or folders. The symbol book is based on matrixes, which means that the book page has a defined amount of columns and rows, for instance 6 x 2. You create the symbol book in the Book Editor by selecting symbols from libraries to the book matrix. With the Update feature you store the symbol book in the Imagetalk application of the actual user. The updated symbol book shows up in the Composer, where you as the actual user can use the book to create messages.

Symbol Editor:

The Book Editor window where you can add own symbols based on whichever pictures or drawings to your symbol library. The Symbol Editor contains cropping tools, symbol previews, and editing tools for symbol word/phrase and category.

Symbol library:

An symbol collection, from which you select symbols to the actual user symbol book in Book Editor. In addition to public and commercial libraries every user has an own library, where user-specific symbols can be stored and used to enrich the symbol books. You can share your own library with other assistants, which means that they can use symbols from that library in the symbol books of their clients.


A Calendar feature, which shows how much time there is left to the next upcoming calendar event with a time bar. The first symbol of that calendar message is shown in the Timer view. You can also see the current time (day and date, month, hours, minutes) in the Timer view.

Time stamp:

When you save a message as a Calendar message in the Composer, you get to the calendar parameter view, where you define the time, repeat and alarm settings. The time stamp determines in which order the calendar messages are shown in the Calendar, and it also determines when the Imagetalk device alerts, if so defined. The time stamp includes the date, month, hours and minutes with five minutes interval.