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Method for Predicate Deletion of In-basket Entries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104845D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Often times an item becomes obsolete within a user's inbasket. In particular, the user may have hundreds within his/her inbasket. The inbasket entry may have certain conditions associated to the note. Consider a meeting event between a sales representative and a particular customer. If the sales representative is being transferred from handling that particular customer from a particular account, then there is a desire to find and delete all mail items for which the account is the subject AND the customer's identity is the originator. This type of predicate deletion is often desired within an electronic inbasket facility. Prior art does not provide a methodology for the deletion of inbasket entries based on predicate conditions.

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Method for Predicate Deletion of In-basket Entries

      Often times an item becomes obsolete within a user's inbasket.
In particular, the user may have hundreds within his/her inbasket.
The inbasket entry may have certain conditions associated to the
note.  Consider a meeting event between a sales representative and a
particular customer.  If the sales representative is being
transferred from handling that particular customer from a particular
account, then there is a desire to find and delete all mail items for
which the account is the subject AND the customer's identity is the
originator.  This type of predicate deletion is often desired within
an electronic inbasket facility.  Prior art does not provide a
methodology for the deletion of inbasket entries based on predicate
conditions.  It is advantageous to provide a method and apparatus for
allowing predicate deletion of inbasket items.

      This article describes a mechanism and methodology for handling
predicate deletions of mail inbasket entries.  Upon a user requesting
a deletion of an entry, a Predicate Deletion Service performs boolean
search operations on the inbasket's data base.  Conditions for
deletions can be specified by the user via typical user interface
techniques.  These techniques, however, would allow the user to
specify the conditions for which an event should be deleted.
Conditions also can be specified for which an event should be
excluded from deletion.  In addition, events specified for deletion
need not be contextual deletions.  A contextual deletion is a
deletion in which all of the predicate conditions are derived from
the content of the entry.

      Parametric deletions are deletions derived based on information
outside the scope of the content itself, for example, the subject,
sensitivity level or addressee information.  Thus, it is desirable at
time...