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Rule based email checking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027884D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention provides for a list of rules which, when triggered, will present a user with a warning or error before sending an email. Such a system would allow a user to define rules representing common mistakes, and to guard against these.

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Rule based email checking

Disclosed is an email system providing for a list of rules which, when triggered, will present a user with a warning or error before sending an email. Such a system would allow a user to define rules representing common mistakes, and to guard against these. In addition, the invention would support the following actions:

If a particular piece of text appears in the subject or body of the note, copy a list of interested parties... If a particular piece of text appears in the subject or body of the note, save a copy of the note to a specific folder... If a commonly mispelled word appears in the note, warn the sender... If the word "attachment" appears in the note, but no attachment is present, warn the sender...

The system provides for a list of rules which, when triggered, will present a user with a warning or error before sending an email. Rules are of the form:

If <ruleset> then <action>

where (for example):

    <ruleset> ::= <rule> | NOT <ruleset> | (<ruleset>) | <ruleset> <logical-op> <ruleset>

<logical-op> ::= AND | OR <rule> ::= <match-rule> | <contains-rule> | <empty-rule> <match-rule> :: = <section> matches <regular-expression> <contains-rule> ::= <section> contains <string> <empty-rule> ::= <section> IS EMPTY <section> ::= subject | to-list | cc-list | bcc-list | body | attachments <action> ::= WARN <msg> | SAVE <folder> | COPY <dist-list> | BCC <dist-list>

The attachment rule expressed above could be represented as:

    If body contains...