Browse Prior Art Database

Automatic Distribution List Update for Sending Mail to the Traveling User

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111183D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior art allows the originator of a mailed item to be informed of a change of address of the recipient. Typically these notifications are in the form of a message from the recipient's mail service stating that his/her electronic address has changed. Prior art also allows the update of the originator's address reference list in response to these notifications. Traveling users can also have similar messages generated, such as when they are off-site or on vacation. A mechanism is needed to allow the originator to automatically maintain a current distribution list which tracks the traveling user to his/her various locations.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 56% of the total text.

Automatic Distribution List Update for Sending Mail to the Traveling
User

      Prior art allows the originator of a mailed item to be informed
of a change of address of the recipient.  Typically these
notifications are in the form of a message from the recipient's mail
service stating that his/her electronic address has changed.  Prior
art also allows the update of the originator's address reference list
in response to these notifications.  Traveling users can also have
similar messages generated, such as when they are off-site or on
vacation.  A mechanism is needed to allow the originator to
automatically maintain a current distribution list which tracks the
traveling user to his/her various locations.

      This system provides a method of temporarily updating a
distribution list from the notification received from a traveling
user.  When the originator sends a mail item to a traveling user, the
originator receives notification that the intended recipient is at
another site or out of the office for a specified period of time.
This system then invokes the registration service to both temporarily
update the appropriate distribution lists, and generate asynchronous
timer and calendar entries specifying the time period for which this
temporary address is valid.  Then, when the asynchronous timer and
calendar event is activated to indicate that this same traveling user
is now back in his/her office, the registration service changes the
distribution lists back t...