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Creating Distribution Lists on the Fly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104260D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is provided for automatically creating a distribution list from the list of addressees that have already been typed in the heading of a note. Once users have finished addressing a note, they can then select "Create Distribution List" from either a pulldown or fastpath key (depending on the electronic mail system). This will produce a "Name Distribution List" window that will allow the user to associate a name with this distribution list. The distribution list will then be created in the proper format and stored in the proper location (Filelist, Address Book... depending on the electronic mail system).

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Creating Distribution Lists on the Fly

      A technique is provided for automatically creating a
distribution list from the list of addressees that have already been
typed in the heading of a note.  Once users have finished addressing
a note, they can then select "Create Distribution List" from either a
pulldown or fastpath key (depending on the electronic mail system).
This will produce a "Name Distribution List" window that will allow
the user to associate a name with this distribution list.  The
distribution list will then be created in the proper format and
stored in the proper location (Filelist, Address Book...  depending
on the electronic mail system).

      Some benefits to this technique are:

o   Allows users to create and address a note, and create a
    distribution list at the same time, thus limiting steps and
    saving time.
o   Simpler than using a function provided with the mail system for
    creating distribution lists manually.
o   Provides a recovery if users accidentally create a huge addressee
    list but forget to first create a distribution list when they
    will be sending multiple items to the same group of people over
    time.

Disclosed Anonymously.