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Post-Distribution Object Attribute Modification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103851D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In typical electronic office environments, users exchange mail objects containing a variety of attribute (profile) information. This information may consist of Subject, Priority, Expiry Date, etc. Often, the originator of a distribution may wish to change the attribute information after the distribution has been sent out. Currently, there is no method by which such a change may be effected. Prior art does provide methods for cancellation of sent distributions. A problem with this method is that users must cancel and re-send erroneous distributions.

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Post-Distribution Object Attribute Modification

      In typical electronic office environments, users exchange mail
objects containing a variety of attribute (profile) information.
This information may consist of Subject, Priority, Expiry Date, etc.
Often, the originator of a distribution may wish to change the
attribute information after the distribution has been sent out.
Currently, there is no method by which such a change may be effected.
Prior art does provide methods for cancellation of sent
distributions.  A problem with this method is that users must cancel
and re-send erroneous distributions.

      Provided is a software process which allows originators of mail
to remotely change attributes of an already-sent distribution.  A new
distribution object type is provided, namely, the MODIFY-DISTRIBUTION
object.  This architected object contains its own UDI (Unique
Distribution Identifier).  In addition, the object contains, in its
attribute (profile) set, the UDI of the target (already-sent) mail
item, as well as attributes to be changed in the target.  Using this
approach, the MODIFY-DISTRIBUTION object is linked to the original
mail distribution item.

      When the recipient's mail process receives the
MODIFY-DISTRIBUTION, it analyzes the distribution profile to find the
target UDI.  If that target UDI is within the process's domain, the
process modifies the attributes of the target mail item, per the
instructions received from the MODIFY-DISTRIB...