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Visual Identification of Related Mail Repository Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111372D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which enables the user to have multiple related items in the mail repository automatically chained together over time in order to allow more sensible perusing of the mail repository. Each item in the chain is indented according to user-configured priorities, so the user can immediately identify chained items. Furthermore, the user is then able to automatically step through the items in the most sensible order.

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Visual Identification of Related Mail Repository Items

      Disclosed is a system which enables the user to have multiple
related items in the mail repository automatically chained together
over time in order to allow more sensible perusing of the mail
repository.  Each item in the chain is indented according to
user-configured priorities, so the user can immediately identify
chained items.  Furthermore, the user is then able to automatically
step through the items in the most sensible order.

      For example, suppose the user configured an indentation value
of 3.  The user opens the inbasket for the first time in two days.
The items are sorted chronologically, with the most recent ones at
the top, and the user sees that there are 50 items in the inbasket
(25 of which are new items).  The first item is indented by 3 spaces
(since it is a member of the first matching set in the inbasket),
which automatically signals the user that this item is part of a
chained group of items.  This indicates that Item 1 is a forward,
reply, or resend of one of the other items in this list, and the user
would like to read those other items first, in order to make more
sense out of this one.  However, only the first ten items of the list
are currently displayed on page one of the list, and none of the
other items on this page are indented.  This indicates that the
previous items of this chain are somewhere on subsequent pages of
this list.  The user can page through the list until the other items
which are indented by 3 spaces are found, but this system even solves
this problem of burdensome paging of the list.  The user simply
selects the Peruse Chained Items (PCI) function, and the appropriate
indented item is immediately opened (which happened to be item numbe...