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Method for Notifying User of due Date with Foreign Means

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111556D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is an improved method for automated reminders, particularly reminders related to mail distributions with associated due dates.

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Method for Notifying User of due Date with Foreign Means

      Provided is an improved method for automated reminders,
particularly reminders related to mail distributions with associated
due dates.

      Currently, due dates such as ACTION DUE DATE, COMPLETION DATE,
REPLY BY DATE, etc., are associated with one or more distributions
which should be handled by the owner-user.  A method is needed for
warning a user of such an upcoming date wherein the method does not
warn the user on the system where the distribution is maintained.
Too often the reason for forgetting about a due date is because the
user does not use the system on which the due date has been received
in a timely manner or the user becomes distracted with normal
activities on such a system.  A method for warning the user should
use means outside of the system where the due date is maintained.

      Provided is a service which automatically keeps track of
appropriate distributions received in a user's inbasket.  For
example, electronic mail distributions containing due date attributes
cause a time-delayed phone call to be made to the user.  The user may
configure a prerecorded message with substitution identifiers that
are replaced by the DUE DATE, SUBJECT, ORIGINATOR, etc., at play
time.  Also configured is the amount of time to make the automated
phone call prior to the due date along with the phone number.  The
time-delayed phone call will be made to the user, and the call will
be repeated...