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Creation of a Receipt Notification List Operation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109321D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bower, RA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for allowing a User Agent (UA) to batch receipt notifications (RNs) when sending them to a Message Store (MS).

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Creation of a Receipt Notification List Operation

       This article describes a method for allowing a User Agent
(UA) to batch receipt notifications (RNs) when sending them to a
Message Store (MS).

      X.400 is the international standard for electronic mail.  This
standard defines a receipt notification (RN) that is sent from a user
agent back to the message submitter to confirm that the recipient
actually received the message.  However, these RNs need to be sent
one at a time from the UA to the MS and then into the message
handling system.  X.400 provides no means to allow a user to send
them in batch.

      The UA would keep a receipt notification file that would
contain a list of the sequence numbers of mail items that needed to
have RNs sent.  The UA can then wait until a pre-determined time
(closure of inbasket) and send the entire list to the MS.  The MS
would then take this list of sequence numbers, use it to access the
stored messages information base, and send RNs to the appropriate
message originators.

      The primary advantage of this solution is that it saves network
traffic between the UA and MS.  All RNs can be sent to the MS, and
they can be sent off to the originators from there.  This saves over
having to send each RN from the UA to the MS.

      This method also allows for a user to work in 'disconnected'
mode.  The user can download their mail and disconnect from the
server.  When they reconnect, the RN file can be...