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Automatic Mail Notification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041204D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described for screening mail information without requiring the user to explicitly enter the mail server function. A mail notification message is normally ambiguous, for example: "MAIL WAITING". The message could mean that one message is waiting for many messages. The user cannot determine who the message is from or where the message originated from. If the user requires additional information about the mail, the mail server must be invoked to receive or reject the message.

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Automatic Mail Notification

A method is described for screening mail information without requiring the user to explicitly enter the mail server function. A mail notification message is normally ambiguous, for example: "MAIL WAITING". The message could mean that one message is waiting for many messages. The user cannot determine who the message is from or where the message originated from. If the user requires additional information about the mail, the mail server must be invoked to receive or reject the message.

The solution to this problem is to create a profile for all incoming mail. The profile contains the originator's name, priority, security level and other descriptive information. This information provides the user with enough information to select the mail that requires immediate attention.

The advantage to this approach is that a user does not have to fragment work time by screening mail that does not require immediate attention.

Disclosed anonymously.

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