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Renaming of X.400 IPM Identifier to an Alias

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107152D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chao, KK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for creating an alias for the IPM (Interpersonal Message) Identifier in an X.400 conformant electronic mail service. In the X.400 Standard, the IPM Identifier is a system- generated name which is unique per message within each user's mail service. The IPM Identifier is a complex sequence of alphanumeric characters which make it "user unfriendly" for the purpose of being manipulated by the user. In an X.400 mail system, the IPM Identifier is used by both the Message Store (MS) and the User Agent (UA) in several of the system-related functions. Thus, a user is not permitted to change, or in any way alter, the IPM Identifier. However, the user can create an alias for an IPM Identifier which replaces each occurrence of that identifier in every view of the end user interface.

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Renaming of X.400 IPM Identifier to an Alias

       This article describes a method for creating an alias for
the IPM (Interpersonal Message) Identifier in an X.400 conformant
electronic mail service.  In the X.400 Standard, the IPM Identifier
is a system- generated name which is unique per message within each
user's mail service.  The IPM Identifier is a complex sequence of
alphanumeric characters which make it "user unfriendly" for the
purpose of being manipulated by the user.  In an X.400 mail system,
the IPM Identifier is used by both the Message Store (MS) and the
User Agent (UA) in several of the system-related functions. Thus, a
user is not permitted to change, or in any way alter, the IPM
Identifier. However, the user can create an alias for an IPM
Identifier which replaces each occurrence of that identifier in every
view of the end user interface.

      This is accomplished through the use of a dictionary structure
which is a part of the EUI code. When a user renames an IPM
Identifier, the new name is stored in a dictionary as an "alias"
associated with the IPM Identifier. In all subsequent interaction
with the renamed IPM, the user will see only the Alias name.
However, the alias will be resolved to the original IPM Identifier
for manipulation by the User Agent or the Message Store operations.

      In an object-oriented system, the Dictionary object contains
key- value associations.  When the user renames an IPM Identifier,
the new name is stor...