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Specifying a Distribution of a Reply

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099864D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism for IBM's Document Interchange Architecture (DIA) mail distributions whereby an enterprise can convey to a recipient information regarding related distributions. No mechanism currently exists in DIA whereby an originator of a current distribution can specify a previous distribution to which the current distribution is a reply.

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Specifying a Distribution of a Reply

       This article describes a mechanism for IBM's Document
Interchange Architecture (DIA) mail distributions whereby an
enterprise can convey to a recipient information regarding related
distributions.  No mechanism currently exists in DIA whereby an
originator of a current distribution can specify a previous
distribution to which the current distribution is a reply.

      Currently, every execution of a REQUEST-DISTRIBUTION command
creates a Unique Delivery Identifier (UDI) which identifies the
distribution uniquely within the network. By providing an operand
which identifies the UDI of a previous distribution on the
REQUEST-DISTRIBUTION command, an enterprise upon receiving the
command could convey the information within the operand about a
previous distribution to which the current distribution is a reply.

      The creation of a self-defining operand, which contains a UDI
which represents a previous distribution, permits enterprises to
display and retrieve previous distributions which the current
distribution is a reply.