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Method of Delivering Messages to Appropriate Devices Based on Source

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111571D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 100K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Provided is a method for delivering messages to appropriate devices based on where the message originated.

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Method of Delivering Messages to Appropriate Devices Based on Source

      Provided is a method for delivering messages to appropriate
devices based on where the message originated.

      PhoneMail systems and electronic mail systems currently require
a user to receive messages from the system sent to by the originator.
Some users may desire to receive phone messages in an appropriate
form depending on its origination.  Some users may desire to receive
electronic mail messages in an appropriate form depending on the
origination.

      PhoneMail systems and electronic mail systems also require a
user to peruse mail items for the purpose of knowing who sent the
message.

      A user often wishes to forward messages of interest to other
users.  A method is needed for automatically forwarding messages from
particular sources to appropriate devices and/or users in an
appropriate form.

     This article may be embodied on phonemail systems as well as
electronic mail systems without departing from the spirit and scope
of the article.  All occurrences of the term "messages" hereinafter
are to be understood to refer to phonemail systems and electronic
mail systems.

      This article describes operating on a list of multimedia
devices, each of which is assigned a set of characteristics about the
source.  Characteristics are best selected from a connected Address
Book.  The mail system (electronic mail or phonemail) allows
interfacing to the user at configuration time to configure a set of
characteristics for each device which shall be routed to when a
message is received from a source with matching characteristics.

DESTINATION        SOURCE CRITERIA                 FORWARD OPTION
-----------        ---------------                 --------------

214-542-9857       Department 5FT &&
                      Phone Extension prefix of 45    FWD and DELETE

2-4432             2-7865,
                      2-7864                          FWD AND KEEP
COPY

1-6776             Female Voice                    FWD AND DELETE

Fax:214-539-6756 = My Manager
                   (did not have to specify name)  FWD AND KEEP COPY

SYSTEM NODE(JOE),

SYSTEM NODE(JIM),

SYSTEM NODE(JOANN),

SYSTEM NODE(SALLY),

SYSTEM NODE(SANDRA):

SYSTEM NODE(JOEEAST)                FWD AND KEEP COPY

817-777-4444:      DEFAULT

      While only a few examples are shown, it is obvious to those
skilled in the art that many examples can be demonstrated where
arbitrary source criteria is specified and arbitrary user or device
destinations may be specified, a...