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Composite Acknowledgement for a Mail System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104003D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described for allowing a user who is sending a mail item to specify a composite acknowledgement option. This option will return one acknowledgement notification to the sender when all recipients have received a mail item. Users often send mail distributions to large recipient lists. Sometimes it is important to know that all recipients of a recipient list have received the mail. The sender may spend substantial time composing the recipient list of a mail item to ensure required recipients are accounted for. To make sure the recipients receive the mail item, the sender will request an acknowledgement option as known well in the art. Unfortunately, sending with acknowledgement will return an individual notification for each recipient in the recipient list.

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Composite Acknowledgement for a Mail System

      A method is described for allowing a user who is sending a mail
item to specify a composite acknowledgement option.  This option will
return one acknowledgement notification to the sender when all
recipients have received a mail item.
     Users often send mail distributions to large recipient lists.
Sometimes it is important to know that all recipients of a recipient
list have received the mail.  The sender may spend substantial time
composing the recipient list of a mail item to ensure required
recipients are accounted for.  To make sure the recipients receive
the mail item, the sender will request an acknowledgement option as
known well in the art.  Unfortunately, sending with acknowledgement
will return an individual notification for each recipient in the
recipient list.  In systems which return a single status entry for
each recipient, the sender must compare acknowledgement notifications
received with the original recipient list to make sure all recipients
are accounted for in order to know that all recipients received the
item.  In other system implementations, a single status record is
associated with the sent item but the user must still peruse the
status for each recipient in the record to see if every recipient has
been delivered to.  A method is needed for allowing a sender of a
distribution to be spared time from figuring out whether all
recipients have received a mail item.
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