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Visible Sensitivity Notificaton of New Mail Arrival

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038034D
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 visible icons.

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Visible Sensitivity Notificaton of New Mail Arrival

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

Where a user is at a work station and is not currently in the mail application, the user may be unaware of the sensitivity of newly-arrived mail. This becomes far more pervasive due to the advent of workstations capable of multi-processing and mutli-windowing. Visible sensitivity notification of new mail arrival is a method of notifying a user at a workstation via a displayable icon the sensitivity of a newly-arrived mail item. On seeing the icon, 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 users 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 visible icons that he or she wishes to see as well as the meaning to be placed on them. The profile parameters that the user specifies, for example, may indicate that a telephone icon be presented when the new mail is a telehone message, or that a checkered flag icon...