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Methodology for Specifying a Cross Reference of Previously Distributed Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107218D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Often a user of a mail service may wish to send a distribution with associated cross reference identifiers. Often the cross referenced document may already exist within the user's incoming mail log. Unfortunately, these entries are only specific to the user's own mail log. The recipient may lack an association with the originator's mail log entry. The recipient and the originator may not have identical incoming mail entries.

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Methodology for Specifying a Cross Reference of Previously Distributed Mail

      Often a user of a mail service may wish to send a distribution
with associated cross reference identifiers. Often the cross
referenced document may already exist within the user's incoming mail
log. Unfortunately, these entries are only specific to the user's own
mail log.  The recipient may lack an association with the
originator's mail log entry.  The recipient and the originator may
not have identical incoming mail entries.

      Described here is a mechanism by which a user can specify a
mail log entry that the user wishes to associate as a cross reference
for a distribution.  Consider a mail log basket that has the
capabilities of listing in-log entries, by which a user can mark the
entries as cross references to a document that is about to be
distributed. This mail log basket would display entry listings.  The
viewer would index the entries in a manner that would permit the
references to be opened and viewed as documents.  By letting the user
mark entries, a service would be invoked that would associate the
entries with the original unique identifier for the distribution.
Upon the selection of entries, the original unique identifiers would
be sent with the distribution as cross references.

      This method allows in-basket "like" entries to be presented to
a user rather than cryptic identifiers. Furthermore, by providing the
capability of opening, deleting, etc., thes...