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Accepting Due Dates From the Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099877D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

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 addition, a reply to the
sending user would be issued notifying that user of the acceptance of
the due date.

      Current art provides for an acknowledgement to be sent to the
sending user when the receiving user opens the mail or takes some
action (viewing the correspondence, printing it, saving the file for
future reference, are typical such actions) on the mailed item.  The
proposed method would send an acknowledgement to the sending user
when the due date is accepted, that is, when the due date is written
to the calendar or to-do function.

      In the preferred implementation for the method, the text of the
reply to the sender would be to the effect of "The requested due date
for (subject of the note) sent by you on (date of the correspondence)
has been accepted by (r...