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Persistent Inbasket Reply-By Date-Time Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104767D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Current mail systems provide mechanisms which allow an originator to specify a date and time by which the originator wishes a reply. Unfortunately, these mechanisms cannot enforce a user to reply by the designated date. Furthermore, a recipient can often forget that a reply was desired by a particular date. Inbaskets often contain a multiplicity of forgotten messages within the depths of the pages that can exist for an inbasket listing. Prior methods have addressed using mail agents and reminder services to notify a user of a pending message for which a reply was requested. However, it's desirable to notify users of expired non-replied messages. More specifically, users desire a mechanism by which the mail system can inherently notify the user through the mail service mechanisms.

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Persistent Inbasket Reply-By Date-Time Mechanism

      Current mail systems provide mechanisms which allow an
originator to specify a date and time by which the originator wishes
a reply.  Unfortunately, these mechanisms cannot enforce a user to
reply by the designated date.  Furthermore, a recipient can often
forget that a reply was desired by a particular date.  Inbaskets
often contain a multiplicity of forgotten messages within the depths
of the pages that can exist for an inbasket listing.  Prior methods
have addressed using mail agents and reminder services to notify a
user of a pending message for which a reply was requested.  However,
it's desirable to notify users of expired non-replied messages.  More
specifically, users desire a mechanism by which the mail system can
inherently notify the user through the mail service mechanisms.

      This article describes a method by which the inbasket entries
for which reply requested messages can dynamically change status
states.  Upon a non-replied inbasket entry time becoming expired the
invention changes the mail status to NEW.  The user is notified via
conventional mail waiting mechanisms of a new mail item.  This mail
item is the expired message for which there has not been a reply.
Note:  This methodology differs from systems which attempt to set
reminders for Reply-By messages.  This invention allows the user to
specify lead times for which the mail item will become New if the
message has not been r...