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Method for Managing Distribution Navigation Life Utilizing Time Constraint

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111567D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a time parameter to a persistent acknowledgement. Further provided is the underlying services for implementing the time parameter.

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Method for Managing Distribution Navigation Life Utilizing Time Constraint

      Provided is a time parameter to a persistent acknowledgement.
Further provided is the underlying services for implementing the time
parameter.

      Prior art has shown a method for sending a mail distribution
with a special type of acknowledgement option which allowed showing
the originator all recipients of the item, including downstream
recipients.  As a mail item propagated throughout a network, the
result of recipients sending to their recipients, the originator is
made aware of all people who receive the mail item.  In fact, the
tree structure of who sent to whom is built and managed over time
throughout the life of the distribution and subsequent sends of that
distribution from and to downstream recipients.  The tree may be
interesting for a specified time.  The user needs a method for
limiting the growth of the acknowledgement tree to a time limit for
which the user is interested in seeing acknowledgements.

      For example, a user sends a mail item to one or more users and
sets the persistent acknowledgement option so all users who receive
the item will be known to the originator in a tree-like fashion
describing who sent to whom.  This article allows the user to specify
a time constraint for which the acknowledgements will continue to be
logged in the tree.  When the time constraint expires, the
acknowledgement tree grows no more.

Various embodiments exist for specifying the time constraint:

o   Time period (e.g., 1 week) starting from current time

o   Time period starting from specified time

o   Time interval (5/14/93 through 5/20/93)

o   Specific times (1200 to 1400 on this Tuesday, 1300 to 1600 on
    this Wednesday, etc.)

      An arbitrary time constraint and format may be implemented
without departing from the spirit and scope of the article.  The
acknowledgements continue to be managed only during the valid times
for which the user has specified.  Alternative embodiments, without
departing from the spirit and scope of the article, exist for
implementing the services. ...