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Using Associations to Send Mail to Unknown User IDs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111486D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique that allows users to use a known user id to send electronic mail to people closely associated with the person of the known user id without having to reference electronic address books or directories to find the unknown user ids.

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Using Associations to Send Mail to Unknown User IDs

      Disclosed is a technique that allows users to use a known user
id to send electronic mail to people closely associated with the
person of the known user id without having to reference electronic
address books or directories to find the unknown user ids.

      Users of electronic mail typically remember the user ids of
people they send mail to frequently, sparing them the effort of
having to use an address book to find the user ids.  Occasionally,
the need arises to send mail to the manager, secretary, or department
of one's frequent correspondents.  These people's names and/or user
ids are less well known or remembered, and can take several steps in
directories and address books to find.  Needed is a method that takes
advantage of one's knowledge of one user id to find the user ids of
others associated with that person of the known user id.

      The disclosed technique would be available from the electronic
mail distribution window through the use of a pulldown or other
similar selection.  The user types the known user id in the TO or CC
fields.  The user then makes the appropriate "Associations" selection
that reveals a menu with the association choices, such as Manager,
Secretary, or Department.  Upon selection of one or more
associations, the system then automatically queries the address book
function to first find the user id specified, then the manager,
secretary, or department members of th...