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Re-ordering email threads in chronological order

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012047D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure proposes a method for email clients to display email threads in a chronological, uniform manner so that they are easier to read and understand.

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Re-ordering email threads in chronological order

Disclosed is a method to ease the readability of long threads of email. The method consists of having the email client rearrange the threads in chronological order and consolidate the different email letterheads to a uniform, chronologically ordered account of all the information. The email can then be read from top to bottom, as it is customary, and the mess that is created when emails are forwarded and/or written from different email clients will be clean and uniform.

A similar concept is used in internet forums where information is posted and kept in a orderly fashion. All the posts are kept in chronological order with uniform headings. It is easier to upkeep internet forums in order because the information is processed only by one web application. The same web application receives and displays the information. Email, on the other hand, is processed and manipulated by different clients and servers, which is why its format is sometimes disarranged as it travels.

Disclosed by International Business Machines Corporation

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