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Convey the Order of Foreign Distributions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102942D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

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 originated from a foreign node. A foreign node is consider to be a node which does not completely support all of the functions and characteristics as the destination node.

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Convey the Order of Foreign Distributions

      This article describes a method for conveying the chronological
history of previous recipients of a document that have originated
from a foreign node.  A foreign node is consider to be a node which
does not completely support all of the  functions and characteristics
as the destination node.

      By  providing a self-defining construct which identifies the
originator and a field which represents the numerical occurrence of
the distribution and a field which represents if the distribution
originated from a foreign node, an enterprise upon receiving the
distribution attaches 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
distributes the document. The enterprise then specifies a boolean
value of true in the field which identifies the enterprise as being
foreign to the destination node if such is the case; otherwise, the
field is left with a value of false.

      This mechanism and procedure permits enterprises to identify
when the distribution was transferred to a foreign network and when
or if the distribution returned from a foreign network.

      Disclosed anonymously.