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Email with response text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015248D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is a method that allows the sender to omit text from the original message but have it be visible to the receiver if/when their reply indicates that they are interested in this information.

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Email with response text

   This invention is a method that allows the sender to omit text from the original message but have it be visible to the receiver if/when their reply indicates that they are interested in this information.

The invention is enabled in two embodiments, these are "sender side" and "sender and receiver side" embodiments. In both embodiments a sender selects text, and through an option in an e-mail program associates a keyword expression with the selected text, so that if the expression is true when compared against the text in a user's reply, the selected text would be revealed. Otherwise, the selected text would remain hidden.

SENDER SIDE

In the "sender side" embodiment, reply text would not be sent with a message, but would be saved and when a reply comes in, it would be examined to determine if the keyword expression is true. If it is true, an automated response message would be sent back to the replying sender indicating that their message has been sent to the person to whom they replied, and that the following attached text may be helpful.

An automated response message can, at a user's option, be stored in a user's sent log. It is flagged as an automated response message for easy deletion.

In addition to simply using a keyword expression to test if an automated response message should be sent, the identity of a user replying to a message could also matter. For example, a response could be governed such that if a message was sent to two dif...