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Automatic Addition of Reply by Date to Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108720D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bower, RA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for allowing a message recipient to know when to reply to mail items.

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Automatic Addition of Reply by Date to Calendar

       This article describes a method for allowing a message
recipient to know when to reply to mail items.

      X.400 is the international standard for electronic mail.  This
standard defines attributes that are associated with mail items.  One
such attribute is 'Reply by' which indicates to a user when the
originator would like to receive a reply.  Currently, there is no
means of automatically notifying a user when this reply is needed.

      When a new mail item is received that has 'Reply by' specified,
this date can be added automatically to a user's calendar.  In
addition, the subject and originator can also be added.  The calendar
can then notify a user when they logon to the system that a reply is
expected for the mail item by this date.

      When the user does respond to the mail item, the entry can
either be deleted from the calendar or the fact that notification is
needed can be removed.

      This solution offers the advantages of being conformant to
X.400 and providing a user with a means of knowing when to reply to
mail items.