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Audio Recipient Identification for Expired Date/Time Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104367D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of the electronic office, there has been a prevalent explosion of messages, notes, and other distributions that have associated date/time attributes. These attributes often specify the date/time attributes that an originator desires a reply. They also may contain the date and time by which a distribution can be considered obsolete. Thus, a user can associate a multitude of date/time attributes for each individual of a distribution.

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Audio Recipient Identification for Expired Date/Time Attributes

      With the advent of the electronic office, there has been a
prevalent explosion of messages, notes, and other distributions that
have associated date/time attributes.  These attributes often specify
the date/time attributes that an originator desires a reply.  They
also may contain the date and time by which a distribution can be
considered obsolete.  Thus, a user can associate a multitude of
date/time attributes for each individual of a distribution.

      Unfortunately, many users do not respond by the designated time
as specified by the originator.  Existing art does not provide a
mechanism by which the originator can differentiate audio
notifications for differing recipients of distributions.  Two
recipients may be designated to respond at differing times, e.g., a
user may want one reply by 1/31 and have another by 2/7.  Current art
would require the user to scan their outbasket logs verifying dates
of expiration.  A user could manually set up Reminders for date/time
attributes of distribution.  However, originators desire automatic
audio notifications when recipients have not responded by a
designated date/time.

      This mechanism would allow the originator to be notified when
distributions are obsolete for specific recipients.  This article
describes a method that allows for unique characteristics of the
distribution and recipient to generate unique audio tones for the
notification of expired date/time attributes of distributions.  It
should be noted that this method is not a reminder service, but is a
component of the distribution service.  Activation is dependent upon
the contents of the outbasket entries.  Prior art permits a single
distribution to be sent to a multitude...