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Convey the Sequential Origin of a Distribution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102941D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method for conveying the chronological history of previous recipients of a document that have been distributed throughout a network. A procedure is needed to provide information as to the originators of a distribution and the sequential order in which the document was distributed by the individual originators.

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Convey the Sequential Origin of a Distribution

      This article describes a method for conveying the chronological
history of previous recipients of a document that have been
distributed throughout a network. A procedure is needed to provide
information as to the originators of a distribution and the
sequential order in which the document was distributed by the
individual originators.

      By providing a self-defining construct which identifies the
originator and a field which represents the numerical occurrence of a
distribution an enterprise upon receiving the distribution can attach
an identifier which uniquely identifies the enterprise 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 distributed the document.

      This mechanism and procedure permits enterprises to identify
and audit a distribution as the distribution is being distributed
through the network.

      Disclosed anonymously.