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Public Nicknames in OS/2 Office Address Book

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109743D
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

Boeving, RD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This invention describes a new way of retrieving Nickname Lists from the OS/2* Office Directory database that will have the effect of allowing public Nickname Lists.

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Public Nicknames in OS/2 Office Address Book

       This invention describes a new way of retrieving Nickname
Lists from the OS/2* Office Directory database that will have the
effect of allowing public Nickname Lists.

      In OS/2 Office, directories appear as icons on the Office
window.  Each directory contains two address books: One called
PUBLIC, which the OS/2 Office administrator maintains, and the other
called PERSONAL, which is an OS/2 Office user's private address book.

      Address books contain groups of information called address book
entries.  Address book entries can contain a variety of information,
such as an individual's name, telephone number, address, etc.  The
type and amount of information that an address book entry holds
depends upon its directory.  When the OS/2 Office administrator
creates a directory, he/she also creates a template for address book
entries of that directory.  Thus, within a directory, all address
book entries share the same information template whether they reside
in the PUBLIC or PERSONAL address book.

      OS/2 Office directories also contain items called Nickname
Lists.  Nickname Lists are groupings of Personal and/or Public
address book entries.  An OS/2 Office user can create a Nickname List
by using the File/New/Nickname List pull-down.  When a user does
this, a dialog box will appear asking for the name of the Nickname
List.  Once a name is given, an empty Nickname List will be created.
The Nickname List will be represented by an icon on the directory
window.  An OS/2 Office user can open a Nickname List by
double-clicking on its icon or by selecting the icon and using the
File/Open pull-down.  An OS/2 Office user can add entries to the
Nickname List by using the File/Copy pull-down to copy an address
book entry to the address book.  The user can also drag the icon of
the address book entry to the icon of a Nickname List or to the
window of an open Nickname List.

      By having several related entries in one place, the OS/2 Office
user can perform a function for the entire Nickname List rather than
for each individual entry.  For example, an OS/2 Office user could
address a mail item to a Nickname List that contains a group of
people, rather than address the mail item to each individual person.
Nickname Lists can also be used to assign an informal name to a
single address book entry.  For example, an OS/2 Office user could
create a Nickname for another user, whose name is Brian Jones, called
BRIAN.  The OS/2 Office user...