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Automatic Query of the Recipient ID Upon Sending a Distribution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106875D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With the advent of E-mail, users have the ability to exchange objects/notes without being aware of the fact that the recipient is logged on or not. This means that a user may send a note to another user that may or may not be logged on to the system. Most often the sender addresses the recipient by their nickname that is resolved into some kind of user ID and node ID which identifies the recipient. Moreover, a single user can have multiple addresses. Prior art allows exchange of mail and other objects on the same or different node. To distribute an object, the sender provides some kind of ID to identify the recipient (e.g., user ID and node ID). For example, a user can send a note to another user by specifying user ID and its associated node ID.

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Automatic Query of the Recipient ID Upon Sending a Distribution

      With the advent of E-mail, users have the ability to exchange
objects/notes without being aware of the fact that the recipient is
logged on or not.  This means that a user may send a note to another
user that may or may not be logged on to the system.  Most often the
sender addresses the recipient by their nickname that is resolved
into some kind of user ID and node ID which identifies the recipient.
Moreover, a single user can have multiple addresses.  Prior art
allows exchange of mail and other objects on the same or different
node.  To distribute an object, the sender provides some kind of ID
to identify the recipient (e.g., user ID and node ID).  For example,
a user can send a note to another user by specifying user ID and its
associated node ID.  Next, the user ID/node ID is checked for
validity, and the note is sent to the recipient.  In addition,
current art provides methods to query for currently logged-on users.
However, the lack of user's awareness of whether the recipient is
logged on and/or the recipient is using the specified user ID/node ID
often prevents valuable information from being distributed to a
recipient on a timely fashion.  A mechanism is desired to search the
network/system to decide whether the recipient is logged on and
present the sender with the information.  For example, a recipient
with more than one log-on user ID/node ID combination is logged on
with a pair of such combinations.  A sender who is trying to get an
urgent note to that person needs a mechanism to find out which id the
recipient is logged on rather than guess, or manually perform que...