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Method for Automated Communication to Third Parties upon Composite Acknowledgement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111389D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism enabling a user sending a mail item to specify a Communications Upon Composite Acknowledgement (CUPA) option. This option will automatically perform the configured communications events when all selected recipients have received a mail item marked with Confirmation of Delivery (COD).

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Method for Automated Communication to Third Parties upon Composite
Acknowledgement

      Disclosed is a mechanism enabling a user sending a mail item to
specify a Communications Upon Composite Acknowledgement (CUPA)
option.  This option will automatically perform the configured
communications events when all selected recipients have received a
mail item marked with Confirmation of Delivery (COD).

      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 that 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.

      Often a user wishes to perform some action when all recipients
have received the mail item.  For example, the user may wish to send
a note to his manager...