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Recipient-Based Alternate Media Reply-by Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110995D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current mail systems provide a multiplicity of means for conveying and automating reply-by fields for electronic distributions. Often within an office environment users utilize telephone messaging services rather than mail services to reply back to an electronic message. Users often desire that callees respond back within a designated time period to electronic messages. Prior art does not directly provide a means by which an originator can designate a reply-by time for an alternate media other than the media originally used to convey the message. For example, the reply-By fields provided by electronic mail applications, typically, assert the reply-by time to convey an electronic message. More specifically, prior art does not provide mechanisms by which recipients correlate reply-by dates for differing media.

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Recipient-Based Alternate Media Reply-by Mechanism

      Current mail systems provide a multiplicity of means for
conveying and automating reply-by fields for electronic
distributions.  Often within an office environment users utilize
telephone messaging services rather than mail services to reply back
to an electronic message.  Users often desire that callees respond
back within a designated time period to electronic messages.  Prior
art does not directly provide a means by which an originator can
designate a reply-by time for an alternate media other than the media
originally used to convey the message.  For example, the reply-By
fields provided by electronic mail applications, typically, assert
the reply-by time to convey an electronic message.  More
specifically, prior art does not provide mechanisms by which
recipients correlate reply-by dates for differing media.  Prior
methods disclosed by the inventors allowed an originator to specify
alternate media and dates for a reply to a single distribution.
However, recipients desire a mechanism to correlate replies of the
differing media.  For example, a recipient who receives a request for
a reply-by allowing differing media desires to have such replies
correlated, i.e., recipients desire to know the latest date by which
they can reply given the differing media and if they possess the
media device for the reply.  For example, a reply-by date via
facsimile can be ignored if the recipient does not have a facsimile
device by which to reply.  Prior art provides means by which users
can communicate via alternate media; however, thi...