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Conveying the Order of Forwarded Distributions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099905D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

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 the sequence in which a distribution was forwarded from recipient to recipient. A procedure and mechanism are needed to provide information as to the sequential order in which the document was forwarded by the recipients of the distribution.

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Conveying the Order of Forwarded Distributions

       This article describes a mechanism for IBM's Document
Interchange Architecture (DIA) mail distributions whereby an
enterprise can convey the sequence in which a distribution was
forwarded from recipient to recipient.  A procedure and mechanism are
needed to provide information as to the sequential order in which the
document was  forwarded by the recipients of the distribution.

      By providing a self-defining construct which identifies the
originator and a field which represents the numerical occurrence of
the distribution, an enterprise upon receiving the distribution can
attach an identifier which uniquely identifies the enterprise/user
within the network. The enterprise then examines all of the previous
self-defining fields of the distribution, and, upon finding the
highest numerical occurrence, adds 1 to that value and uses this new
value as numerical occurrence when the enterprise/user forwards the
document.

      This mechanism and procedure permit enterprises to interchange
information regarding the sequence in which a document was forwarded
and the number of times a document was forwarded through the network.