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Image Recipient Identification for Expired Date/Time Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104404D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of the electronic office, there has been prevalent use of messages, notes, and other distributions that have associated date/time attributes. These attributes, often specify the date/time that an originator desires a reply. They can also 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.

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Image Recipient Identification for Expired Date/Time Attributes

      With the advent of the electronic office, there has been
prevalent use of messages, notes, and other distributions that have
associated date/time attributes.  These attributes, often specify the
date/time that an originator desires a reply.  They can also 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 systems do not provide a mechanism by which the
originator can differentiate notifications for differing recipients
of distributions by bit images.  Two recipients may be designated to
respond at differing times; e.g., a user may want one reply by 1/31
and another by 2/7.  The originator may wish for a picture of a
recipient to be displayed to signify expiration for the recipient's
distribution.  Current systems 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 bit image notifications when recipients
have not responded by a designated date/time.  This mechanism would
allow the originator to be notified by graphical picture when
distributions are obsolete for specific recipients.

      This invention allows for unique characteristics of the
distribution and recipient to display unique bit images for the
notification of expired date/time attributes of distributions.  It
should be no...