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Accepting Due Dates From the Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099874D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Consider a computer electronic mail system which allows one user to send a file (note, letter, document, or other computer file) to one or more other users connected either to the same computer system or, via telecommunications, to another computer system. Current art allows the entry of a due date for the document which is seen by each recipient when the electronic mail is opened and the new mail is shown.

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Accepting Due Dates From the Mail

       Consider a computer electronic mail system which allows
one user to send a file (note, letter, document, or other computer
file) to one or more other users connected either to the same
computer system or, via telecommunications, to another computer
system.  Current art allows the entry of a due date for the document
which is seen by each recipient when the electronic mail is opened
and the new mail is shown.

      The proposed method provides an option via command or program
function key to accept the due date.  This option or key would
transfer the due date to the user's electronic calendar or to-do
facility as an event or thing to do.  In the preferred
implementation, the due date would be recognized and encoded into the
date format of the electronic calendar or to-do function.  The text
of the event would be taken from the document description text,
available from the mail display.  For example, a document with a due
date of July 4th, with a document subject of "Fireworks Safety" would
be added to the calendar for July 4th as a calendar comment, or to
the to-do facility for July 4th, with the event or item description
of "Fireworks Safety."  In addition, if the subject of the
correspondence were classified, for example, "Personal" or
"Confidential", the added calendar event would also be classified.
In addition, if such a calendar or to-do function provides a
triggering reminder system, the proposed method would al...