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Cancellation Based on Unable to Respond for Extended Time Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103904D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Prior art allows an originator of mail to receive a status notification that a recipient will be indisposed for an extended period. The prior art allowed the originator to be aware of situations where a recipient would not respond to the originator for an extended period, e.g., the recipient is on vacation. Originators, upon receiving such status, may desire to cancel such distributions. Current mail systems require the user to find the document identifiers and issue cancelation requests to the mail service. Originators need methods by which automatic cancelation can occur upon receipt of a "Unable to Respond for Extended Time" (URET) status message.

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Cancellation Based on Unable to Respond for Extended Time Messages

      Prior art allows an originator of mail to receive a status
notification that a recipient will be indisposed for an extended
period.  The prior art allowed the originator to be aware of
situations where a recipient would not respond to the originator for
an extended period, e.g., the recipient is on vacation.  Originators,
upon receiving such status, may desire to cancel such distributions.
Current mail systems require the user to find the document
identifiers and issue cancelation requests to the mail service.
Originators need methods by which automatic cancelation can occur
upon receipt of a "Unable to Respond for Extended Time" (URET) status
message.

      This article describes a method that allows users to register a
service that automatically issues cancellation requests on previous
distributions upon receiving a URET status message.  This service
monitors unsolicited messages.  Extraction of the recipient's
node-id, user-id, and the document-id occurs from the URET upon
reception of a URET message.  The service uses this information to
issue cancellation request on the previous distribution.  The
originator can optionally be notified of cancellation requests and if
the requests were successful.

      This invention offers the advantage of deleting previous
distributions for which a time range is critical to the value of the
message.  For example, there is no need for users to...