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A method and a system for optimizing delivering of e-mail attachments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102883D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 109K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The concept in this disclosure describes a method and a Mail Handling System (MHS) that would allow the sender of the e-mail to select those receivers who must not receive an attachment. Such system contributes to give a better user experience and a better utilization of network resources.

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A method and a system for optimizing delivering of e-mail attachments

What is the problem solved by this invention?

The problem identified is twofold: a poor user experience in handling e-mails with attachments and an unnecessary network traffic generated by such mails when the receiver does not need to read the attachment.

    When you send attachments in an e-mail, perhaps not all people in to:, cc:, bcc: lists need -or want- to receive it: some of them only need to be aware of the text of the e-mail for example. In such cases attachments are annoying for receivers because they usually are of big size and

    1. contribute to fill mailboxes. Since mailboxes are limited in size, the receiver must delete or archive mails (manually or setting up policies)

    2. create problems to the receiver when performing local replicas of his mailbox (some e-mail clients provide this feature). The replication process might take long time in presence of big attachments so the user must configure the replica in order to limit the amount of bytes downloaded for each e-mail if he wants to speedup the process

    3. create problems to the receiver if he wants to save the mail: he should edit the mail with his mail client, delete the attachment, then save it.

    The second aspect of the problem is the unnecessary network traffic generated in transferring the mail to the local Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) -i.e. Mail Server- of the receiver: attachments are transferred whether he will read or not.

Are there known solutions?

    Only partially, giving the possibility to limit the amount of bytes transferred from the Local Mail Server to the User Agent -i.e. Mail Client-. But this only enhances a little bit the user experience.

Summary of the invention

    The concept in this disclosure describes a method and a Mail Handling System (MHS) that would allow the sender of the e-mail to select those receivers who must not receive an attachment. Su...