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Method for Composite Acknowledgement Management through File Repository Association

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111275D
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

Disclosed is a mechanism for allowing a user sending a mail item to specify a Composite Acknowledgement (CA) option. File management is automated as a result of a CA.

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Method for Composite Acknowledgement Management through File Repository
Association

      Disclosed is a mechanism for allowing a user sending a mail
item to specify a Composite Acknowledgement (CA) option.  File
management is automated as a result of a CA.

      Users often send mail distributions to large recipient lists.
Sometimes it is important to know that all recipients of a recipient
list have received the mail.  The sender may spend substantial time
composing the recipient list of a mail item to ensure required
recipients are accounted for.  To make sure the recipients receive
the mail item, the sender will request an acknowledgement option as
known well by those skilled in the art.  Unfortunately, sending with
acknowledgement will return an individual notification for each
recipient in the recipient list.  In systems which return a single
status entry for each recipient, the sender must compare
acknowledgement notifications received with the original recipient
list to make sure all recipients are accounted for in order to know
that all recipients received the item.  In other system
implementations, a single status record is associated with the sent
item but the user must still peruse the status for each recipient in
the record to see if every recipient has been delivered to.  A method
is needed which makes status management user friendly.

      A user sends a mail note to ten recipients with a Composite
Acknowledgement (CA) option set.  The n...