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Categorizing Incoming Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109319D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bower, RA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a means by which a user can categorize incoming mail and have inbasket items stacked by categories.

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Categorizing Incoming Mail

       This article describes a means by which a user can
categorize incoming mail and have inbasket items stacked by
categories.

      In (*), it discussed how mail in the inbasket may be sorted via
the "Sort By" operation.  In addition to sorting by attributes, mail
items may also be sorted by categories.

      View categories are used to stack incoming mail by categories
in the inbasket.  The user specifies and orders these categories.  To
view or specify categories, the user opens the Default View
Categories window.  A Default View Categories window is shown in Fig.
1.  The options available on this window are:

      Open: This option opens a dialog box for the user to view or
edit the filter for the selected category.  The View Category dialog
box is shown in Fig. 2.

      Create Another: This option is used to create a new category.
A cascade menu for this option gives the user the choice of creating
the new category from scratch or using another category as a
template.  If the template option is chosen, the Template dialog box
is brought up.  The user is given the choice of entering a template
category or listing all current categories and selecting one as a
template.  The View Category dialog box then appears containing the
filter of the template category.

      Discard: This option discards the selected category.

      The View Category dialog box is used to construct the filter or
the condition list for a category.  The filter is a conjunction of a
number of conditions.  Each condition consists of an...