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Method for Interchange of Electronic Inbasket Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103998D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Often traveling users may need to retrieve electronic mail items from their inbasket, remotely. Prior art requires the traveling users to carry a portable computer or access a computer with a computer communication link to their home-based system. These techniques require users to carry a computer or find one from which the communication can be established. With the advent of facsimile machines, there has been an abundant use of facsimile machines by businesses. Typically, hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. have facsimile machines available for the general public. It is advantageous to provide a mechanism by which typical facsimile machines can be used to direct commands to a user's electronic mail system.

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Method for Interchange of Electronic Inbasket Mail

      Often traveling users may need to retrieve electronic mail
items from their inbasket, remotely.  Prior art requires the
traveling users to carry a portable computer or access a computer
with a computer communication link to their home-based system.  These
techniques require users to carry a computer or find one from which
the communication can be established.  With the advent of facsimile
machines, there has been an abundant use of facsimile machines by
businesses.  Typically, hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. have
facsimile machines available for the general public.  It is
advantageous to provide a mechanism by which typical facsimile
machines can be used to direct commands to a user's electronic mail
system.  Users want the capability of retrieving specific electronic
mail items and having the items sent to them via a facsimile device.
Moreover, users desire the use of the facsimile device to access
their electronic mail service.
      This article describes a method whereby users can direct
commands to a mail system via a facsimile device.  Moreover, it
allows for specific mail items to be transferred over asynchronous
links to facsimile devices; thus, allowing users to access their
electronic mail baskets remotely.
     The method entails a special Mail Form Processor (FMFP) Service.
This service receives facsimile documents and determines if they are
specialized form document.  The facsimil...