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Electronic mail attachment selector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015342D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention concerns the problem of sending e-mails containing attachments to a list of people not all interested in receiving that attachment. In fact, for example, in a teamwork environment a team member often needs to send an e-mail to a customer containing a program in attachment, and he wants to notify his boss about it, by putting him in cc. But generally the boss is not interested in receiving the attachment, because he wants only verify that his report is respecting the task plan. Until now it is not possible to select which people will receive the attachment and which ones will not. So the solution is to give the possibility to discriminate in sending the attachment, avoiding wasting of space in e-mail accounts. The problem can be solved by providing the new property wac:(without attachment copy:) within the e-mail sending options (such as To:, cc:, and bcc:) as showed below:

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Electronic mail attachment selector

The invention concerns the problem of sending e-mails containing attachments to a list of people not all interested in receiving that attachment.

  In fact, for example, in a teamwork environment a team member often needs to send an e-mail to a customer containing a program in attachment, and he wants to notify his boss about it, by putting him in cc. But generally the boss is not interested in receiving the attachment, because he wants only verify that his report is respecting the task plan. Until now it is not possible to select which people will receive the attachment and which ones will not.

So the solution is to give the possibility to discriminate in sending the attachment, avoiding wasting of space in e-mail accounts.

  The problem can be solved by providing the new property wac:(without attachment copy:) within the e-mail sending options (such as To:, cc:, and bcc:) as showed below:

To: customer@company.com

cc: boss@team.com

bcc:

To: customer@company.com

cc:

bcc:

wac: boss@team.com

fig. 1 fig. 2

where fig.1 shows the traditional e-mail sending options and fig.2 shows the proposed ones with the new option wac: where to put the address of people not interested in receiving the attachment.

  In the first case the boss (boss@team.com) will receive the same attachment as the customer (customer@company.com) even if he is not interested in the content, while in the second case the attachment can be substituted with a text describing...