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Representing Hierarchical Relationships of Mail Envelopes and Their Contents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110559D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brininstool, CD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Viewing mail envelopes and their contents requires the user to open several windows. Currently, there is no simple method to display envelope information as well as the envelope's contents in a single window.

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Representing Hierarchical Relationships of Mail Envelopes and Their Contents

       Viewing mail envelopes and their contents requires the
user to open several windows.  Currently, there is no simple method
to display envelope information as well as the envelope's contents in
a single window.

      When a user receives electronic mail, he or she must deal with
both the actual data being sent (an envelope's contents) and the
envelope's property-like data.  The user may or may not care about
the envelope's data, such as routing information, the date and time
stamp, or a unique mailing ID.  In electronic mail systems, the user
is not able to view both types of information within a single window
and easily access more details about either type of data.

      Using a hierarchical view to display electronic mail items
solves this problem nicely.  The envelope data appears as a separate
icon from the actual contents sent within the envelope.  See the
figure for a Hierarchical View of Mail.  The envelope in the figure
with a subject of Sending You New Information contains two pieces of
data, a text file and a spreadsheet.  Each of these items appear as
sub-items of the envelope with their own icons indicating what type
of data they contain.

      The hierarchical view makes it clear to the user that the
actual data is separate from and yet bundled by the envelope.  It
allows the user to view both the envelope information and its
contents in a single wind...