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Conveying an Externally Assigned Content Type

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101422D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism in IBM's Document Interchange Architecture (DIA) Mail Services whereby an enterprise can identify a document type in terms of an externally defined application. Currently document types are assigned according to the definition of the application that is utilizing the document. However, an enterprise may wish to preserve the definition of the content type as it was defined from an external application.

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Conveying an Externally Assigned Content Type

       This article describes a mechanism in IBM's Document
Interchange Architecture (DIA) Mail Services whereby an enterprise
can identify a document type in terms of an externally defined
application. Currently document types are assigned according to the
definition of the application that is utilizing the document.
However, an enterprise may wish to preserve the definition of the
content type as it was defined from an external application.

      The Interchange Document Profile (IDP) is currently used by DIA
services to describe the characteristics of a document as a whole.
Enterprises can interchange information as to the content type as
defined by an external application by providing a self-defining field
within the IDP which identifies the content type as it was defined by
an external application. This mechanism provides a means of conveying
to a recipient of a document the externally assigned content type as
defined by an external application. This mechanism permits
enterprises to be in conformance to those external applications that
require that the originally assigned content type be conveyed to an
end-user. This mechanism also permits enterprises to relay externally
assigned content-type information through a distributed network.