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Names-List-Type Data Structure for Information Interchange in an Office Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038379D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Scully, KJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A data structure is described that provides a common way for applications to: (1) interchange a Names List Type with an associated list of named items, (2) specify a type for a list of named items, and (3) edit the Names List Type from a remote terminal or system using communications protocol. The structure consists of a length byte, a structure-type byte and a two-byte list-type parameter. Each bit that is set to one in the two byte parameter indicates a specific list type.

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Names-List-Type Data Structure for Information Interchange in an Office Network

A data structure is described that provides a common way for applications to:
(1) interchange a Names List Type with an associated list of named items, (2) specify a type for a list of named items, and (3) edit the Names List Type from a remote terminal or system using communications protocol. The structure consists of a length byte, a structure-type byte and a two-byte list-type parameter. Each bit that is set to one in the two byte parameter indicates a specific list type. The values and types supported are: 0 = network-address access list (all names in the list have an associated network address), 1 = descriptive-name access list (all names in the list are unique in a network), 2 = names access list (the list is a list of names), 3 = user-status access list (some names in the list have an associated meeting attendance status), 4 = address access list (some, but not necessarily all, names in the list have an associated network address), 5 = postal-address access list (some names have an associated postal address). The Names List Type identifies the type of list being processed to allow the applications information regarding how the list may be used to speed process time. For example, the list type, network-address access list, informs the application program that associated with every name in the list is a valid network address that can be used to support the transmission of corresp...