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Dynamic Document Expiration Status Conveyance through Title-Bar Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111569D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Users are constantly receiving a multiplicity of documents with expiration dates associated with them. For example, many mail systems allow users to specify Expiration Dates and Reply Dates by which the recipient is expected to perform a specified action. Prior methods allow users to manually set up electronic reminders for such distributions. More recent methods provide for mail agents which will set up reminders for users. However, one method requires the user to manually establish the reminder. The other method requires the recipient to be aware of the conditions before the arrival of the distribution with a Reply-by parameter; i.e., the user must establish the rules for the reminder to be generated. In addition, both methods suffer from the current notification method.

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Dynamic Document Expiration Status Conveyance through Title-Bar Mechanism

      Users are constantly receiving a multiplicity of documents with
expiration dates associated with them.  For example, many mail
systems allow users to specify Expiration Dates and Reply Dates by
which the recipient is expected to perform a specified action.  Prior
methods allow users to manually set up electronic reminders for such
distributions.  More recent methods provide for mail agents which
will set up reminders for users.  However, one method requires the
user to manually establish the reminder.  The other method requires
the recipient to be aware of the conditions before the arrival of the
distribution with a Reply-by parameter; i.e., the user must establish
the rules for the reminder to be generated.  In addition, both
methods suffer from the current notification method.  For example,
the user may be in an application whereby the reminder can not be
conveyed; i.e., the user can not see/hear the newly conveyed
reminder.  Recent publications have addressed mail notifications via
the title bar.  However, there is currently little or no art in the
field of notification of the expiration of Reply-by dates via a title
bar mechanism.  Users often do not wish to go through the procedures
of accessing a reminder service unless the distribution is deemed
significant.  In addition, the prior methods do not implicitly
identify a lead time for the Reply-by mechanism nor provide any
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