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Audio Notification for Differing Date/ Time Attributes of Distributions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110251D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

With the advent of the electronic office, there has been an explosion of messages, notes, and other distributions which have associated date/time attributes. These attributes often specify the date/time that an originator desires a reply. They also can contain the date and time by which a distribution can be considered obsolete. Thus, a user can associate a multitude of date/time attributes for each individual of a distribution.

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Audio Notification for Differing Date/ Time Attributes of Distributions

       With the advent of the electronic office, there has been
an explosion of messages, notes, and other distributions which have
associated date/time attributes. These attributes often specify the
date/time that an originator desires a reply.  They also can contain
the date and time by which a distribution can be considered obsolete.
Thus, a user can associate a multitude of date/time attributes for
each individual of a distribution.

      This article describes a method that allows for the unique
characteristics of the date/time attribute to generate unique audio
tones for expired date/time attributes of distributions.  Activation
is dependent upon the contents of the inbasket entries.  Prior
methods permit a single distribution with differing attributes to be
sent to a multitude of individuals.  This method allows for specific
audio tones to be generated when a distribution has expired.

      This encompasses a method by which a distinguishable tone or
sequence of tones can be associated for each distribution and date/
time attribute.  The term tone and sound can be used interchangeably
with reference to this invention.  The multimedia device could
dictate the type of notification (e.g., sound for an audio card,
tones or sequence of tones for a Personal Computer speaker or Text To
Speech process).

      Given that a multitude of distributions may be constantly
expiring at a user's workstation, there is a need to differentiate
the audio tones for each distribution.  Currently, most mail systems
have an identifier that uniquely identifies the message within the
network, sometimes called the Unique Distribution Identifier (UDI).

      This UDI can be used as a key for a function to generate a
number, which can be used as an index into an array or structure that
contains reference to the tone(s) which should be generated.  This
array would contain differing tone(s) f...