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Method for Ambiguous Address Resolution of Potential Recipients

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110558D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Current mail systems provide a variety of notifications for mail objects which are incorrectly addressed. Prior art allows for users to be prompted to enter correct addresses. More recent advances invoke the user into a directory service for which the user can search for the correct address for a recipient (such as CallUp*).

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Method for Ambiguous Address Resolution of Potential Recipients

       Current mail systems provide a variety of notifications
for mail objects which are incorrectly addressed.  Prior art allows
for users to be prompted to enter correct addresses.  More recent
advances invoke the user into a directory service for which the user
can search for the correct address for a recipient (such as CallUp*).

      In addition, other applications, such as word processors,
provide a user with spell correcting services.  These services
recognize a misspelled word, perform a lexical algorithm on the word
to determine possible word candidates, and present potential spelling
corrections.  In an electronic distribution system, users frequently
misspell the address of a potential recipient.  Although current
applications allow users to search a directory, they fail to provide
potential electronic address candidates for misspelled electronic
addresses.  Users desire to compose their notes first and determine
addresses later.  There is a desire for distributed office systems to
automatically correct addresses on behalf of the user based on an
analysis of the lexical structure of the incorrect address.

      This article addresses a method by which the lexical structure
of an incorrect address serves as a derived form for a search request
to a directory.  Upon a user specifying an incorrect address at
distribution time, a Lexical Resolution Service accepts the incorrect
address as an input parameter.  The misspelled or otherwise incorrect
address is submitted through a series of rules to determine
potentially known replacements for the address.  These rules can be
as simple as take the first three letters and perform a wild card
search on the remaining letters of the misspelled address.  Querying
of an assigned data base with the lexical results allows the lexical
product to be a search term parameter....