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List all Documents in a Folder that is in the In-Basket

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102995D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Wolf, TJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method of listing all of the contents of a Folder that exists in user's in-basket is described. In so doing, a mail system provides an application with a platform that enables function to be defined that operates on the individual elements of the folder.

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List all Documents in a Folder that is in the In-Basket

      A method of listing all of the contents of a Folder that exists
in user's in-basket is described.  In so doing, a mail system
provides an application with a platform that enables function to be
defined that operates on the individual elements of the folder.

      A Folder document can be viewed as an encasement of multiple
elements belonging to that Folder.  The elements of a Folder can be
single documents or can be aggregates such as Staples or other
Folders. The new method describes the protocol and underlying
mechanism by which a mail server provides to an application the
entire list of documents that are contained within the Folder if so
requested by the application.

      This is accomplished by providing an option to the application
that it specifies when listing the details of the Folder Distribution
to return the list of elements contained within the Folder. The
information returned includes a specification of each of the Folder
elements, and relative key information that could be used by
subsequent functions wishing to operate on specific individual
elements of the folder rather than on the entire folder as a whole.
The Folder element may be single documents or aggregates such as
Staples or other Folders.

      EXAMPLE:
  Where:
       ABC is a Folder that exists in a user's inbasket and contains
2 single documents M and N and a Folder P which contains a single
document Z.
 ...