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Methodology for Query Search Structure Addressing for a Distributed Data Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110562D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 88K

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 methods allow for users to be prompted to enter the correct address. More recent advances have immediately invoked the user into a directory service for which the user can search for the correct address for a recipient.

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Methodology for Query Search Structure Addressing for a Distributed Data Processing System

       Current mail systems provide a variety of notifications
for mail objects which are incorrectly addressed.  Prior methods
allow for users to be prompted to enter the correct address.  More
recent advances have immediately invoked the user into a directory
service for which the user can search for the correct address for a
recipient.

      In an electronic distribution system, users may be cognizant of
the fact that they do not know the address for a recipient.  However,
users still desire to compose the note first and determine addresses
later.  The electronic address is merely a means for sending the
note, while the user may be concerned with composing a note to be
sent.  There is a desire for mail office systems to automatically let
the user specify a predicate search parameter as an electronic
address.  Users in such situations would appreciate a service that
allows for addresses to be specified as a search term.

      This article describes a method that allows a user to specify
an address in a specified Search Construct format at distribution
time.  A Query Resolution Service accepts the address as query
parameter.  The parameter is submitted through a Syntactical Verifier
to ensure the construct is of the correct format.  Subsequently, a
Semantic Verifier service assures that the specified address is
semantically correct.  Upon these conditions being valid, a Query
Protocol Engine performs an associated query.  The protocol engine
allows for the addresses to be decomposed into components to allow
multiple searches if specified.  For example, a user may have
specified an address of MARVIN* @ DALHQIC1 or DALHQIC2.  This single
address when passed to the Query Protocol Engine designates that any
directory data base queries on a userid with the prefix of MARVIN
either at DALHQIC1 or DALHQIC2 should be used as the address for the
recipient.  In the cas...