Browse Prior Art Database

Using a Notebook Control for Filtering In-Coming Mail with Multiple In-Basket

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110945D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jefferson, KJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

With the advent of electronic mail, office workers now have the benefits of technology to assist them in delivering notes, memos, documents and files quickly and efficiently. However, as with traditional mail, mail items can pile up quickly, leaving the office worker inundated with items to process. In addition, because of electronic mail's ease of operation and speed, electronic mail items are sent even more frequently than normal mail. These factors can leave the office worker spending a great deal of time trying to determine which mail items to process.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 86% of the total text.

Using a Notebook Control for Filtering In-Coming Mail with Multiple
In-Basket

      With the advent of electronic mail, office workers now have the
benefits of technology to assist them in delivering notes, memos,
documents and files quickly and efficiently.  However, as with
traditional mail, mail items can pile up quickly, leaving the office
worker inundated with items to process.  In addition, because of
electronic mail's ease of operation and speed, electronic mail items
are sent even more frequently than normal mail.  These factors can
leave the office worker spending a great deal of time trying to
determine which mail items to process.

      Under OS/2* 2.0 and Windows**, the notebook control (Cary
Controls Library) can be used to represent a person's in-basket.
Each tab in the book can be used to filter mail items into "multiple"
in-baskets and label them appropriately so that the person can
quickly determine which items have priority.

      The mechanism by which items are filtered is by examining
attribute-value pairs within the mail item.  For example, attributes
of notes include Subject, To, From, cc:, etc.  By writing tests based
on these attribute-value pairs, conditions can be generated to
represent each in-basket or notebook page.  For example, if From: =
Roger Chang, put in notebook page called Manager.  You could also
easily build and/or condition as well.  A given note could show up on
more than one page if it falls under more than on...