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Automated Multiple, Dynamic Distribution Lists Per Folder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109610D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Agate, V: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

A folder is a mechanism that allows for the gathering of heterogeneous information for routing and review. Typically, folders in electronic mail systems have a single distribution list attached at a time. This distribution list contains the addresses for all of the folder's destinations. When the folder is transmitted, it is sent to all of the addressees simultaneously. If one redistributes the folder, the previous distribution information is lost. Also, review cycles may only distribute to one list at a time, even if two different lists have no dependencies on one another. This lengthens the review cycle time. Reviewers may not add new recipients to the distribution list during the review process. If another person is required on the list, the folder is typically recalled, updated and the review process begins again.

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Automated Multiple, Dynamic Distribution Lists Per Folder

       A folder is a mechanism that allows for the gathering of
heterogeneous information for routing and review.  Typically, folders
in electronic mail systems have a single distribution list attached
at a time.  This distribution list contains the addresses for all of
the folder's destinations.  When the folder is transmitted, it is
sent to all of the addressees simultaneously.  If one redistributes
the folder, the previous distribution information is lost.  Also,
review cycles may only distribute to one list at a time, even if two
different lists have no dependencies on one another.  This lengthens
the review cycle time.  Reviewers may not add new recipients to the
distribution list during the review process.  If another person is
required on the list, the folder is typically recalled, updated and
the review process begins again.  This process can be quite lengthy
due to forgotten recipients, or a large number of distribution lists
that must review the folder.  This invention describes enhancements
to the design of a folder allowing for multiple, simultaneous
distributions of a folder as well as dynamic creation of the
mechanism that controls distribution, the distribution list.

      Allowing for multiple distribution lists per folder
accomplishes two goals:
   1.  Previous distribution histories may be maintained with the
folder.
   2.  The folder may execute separate distributions concurrently.
In other words, the folder may have multiple, simultaneous
distribution capabilities.

      Also, in the typical implementation, if another addressee is
required on the distribution list, the...