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Audible Sensitivity Notification of New Mail Arrival

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038033D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method of notifying an end user of the sensitivity of newly-arrived mail using audible tones.

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Audible Sensitivity Notification of New Mail Arrival

This article describes a method of notifying an end user of the sensitivity of newly-arrived mail using audible tones.

Where a user is at a work station and is not currently presented with a screen that would display a visible icon to indicate new mail arrival, the user may be unaware of newly- arrived urgent mail. This situation becomes far more pervasive due to the advent of workstations capable of multi-processing and mutli-windowing. Audible notification of new mail arrival is a method of notifying a user at a workstation that new mail has arrived and informs the user of the relative importance of the new mail item. On hearing the audible indicator, an end user can make an intelligent decision as to the level of attention the user wishes to give to the new mail item. The mechanism requires that the mail server provide to the mail application on the work station information about any new mail item that it places in the user's inbasket. The information provided by the server includes the type of mail item, the priority of the item specified by the sender, the sender of the mail item, and whether the sender had asked for confirmation or has requested that a reply be returned. The user is able to describe, by way of a profile, the types of notification that he or she wishes to receive. A user can also describe the audible tones and the meaning to be placed on them. The profile parameters that the user specifies...