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Alternate Names Used for Addressing in OfficeVision/2

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110356D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bender, T: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This invention describes a new way of addressing users by using an administrator specified entry field as the user name. If this user name is entered in the Send/Forward panel, it will be resolved into the userid.nodeid, which is a valid address, and the item can be sent successfully. This makes it unnecessary for the user to have to know the addressee's userid and node, or for the user to create a nickname for the addressee.

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Alternate Names Used for Addressing in OfficeVision/2

       This invention describes a new way of addressing users by
using an administrator specified entry field as the user name.  If
this user name is entered in the Send/Forward panel, it will be
resolved into the userid.nodeid, which is a valid address, and the
item can be sent successfully.  This makes it unnecessary for the
user to have to know the addressee's userid and node, or for the user
to create a nickname for the addressee.

      In OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2), when a user wants to send or forward
an item (a file or note) to another Office user, he can either drag
the addressee to the Send/Forward panel or type the addressee in the
entry field of the Send/Forward panel.  If the user is dragging the
addressee, he can visually identify to whom he is addressing the
item.  When he drops the addressee on the Send/Forward panel, the
valid address is added to the TO: listbox.  However, if he types in
the addressee, he needs to know what to type.

      The Send/Forward panel entry field accepts addressee
information in the format userid.nodeid, userid., nickname, or search
list name.  If the userid is not generally known or easily
remembered, the user could go to the directory and create a nickname
for that individual, using an appropriate name.  Then anytime he
wants to send/forward an item to this individual, he can enter the
nickname in the Send/Forward entry field.

      This is a practical process for a few individuals who are
addressed frequently.  However, this process becomes quite
time-consuming if the the user tries to create nicknames for many
Office users.  Realistically, however, in many installations, the
userid may not be easily remembered.  It would be much more
user-friendly to allow the user to type the addressee's name or other
easily-remembered label, without the intervening steps of having to
create a nickname.  Also, OV/2 has a limitation of 256 nicknames in
each directory.  This makes the nickname solution limited in large
installations.

      This invention will allow the OV/2 administrator to specify in
the system profile how he wants addresses to be resolved for his
installation.  He has the option to resolve add...