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ELECTRONIC ROUTING OF FACSIMILE IMAGES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026658D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Documents sent via a telecopier or facsimile machine (FAX) typically use cover sheets with which to address and distinguish between one or more recipients. FAX technology currently stores a document electronically but forwards the document over a computer network by manually acquiring a computer address corresponding to the recipient denoted on the cover sheet of the document. Using a cover sheet is an end-to-end user convention and not part of any FAX protocol.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ELECTRONIC ROUTING OF FACSIMILE IMAGES
Lee C. Moore

Proposed Classification US. C1.358/402
Int. C1. H04n 01/04

Documents sent via a telecopier or facsimile machine (FAX) typically use cover sheets with which to address and distinguish between one or more recipients. FAX technology currently stores a document electronically but forwards the document over a computer network by manually acquiring a computer address corresponding to the recipient denoted on the cover sheet of the document. Using a cover sheet is an end-to-end user convention and not part of any FAX protocol.

A method of using information on FAX cover sheets to automatically route documents sent by FAX to an electronic mailbox is proposed. Cover sheet information is read using character recognition techniques and once stored electronically provides necessary information to direct documents sent by FAX to an electronic mail server (mailbox). FAX machines which are currently members of network domains are cognizant of all valid users and distribution lists within their domain. Subsequently, character recognition techniques are enhanced by providing a list of valid names and by using cover sheets with structured input formats. Electronic routing using cover sheet information of documents sent by FAX provides a simple method of integrating FAX input into existing compound documents.

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