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Automatic Delegation of Work for Electronic Folders

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111614D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moore, EH: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method that provides for the automatic transfer of folder work to a designated alternate in an electronic, remote foldering environment. Once the alternate person is specified, the system should automatically delegate (distribute) the work (file folders in this case) to the alternate recipient. The alternate may access all work via his own authorized access. A delegated folder means that a recipient has authorized another person to respond to the folder (called the alternate). However, the original recipient remains accountable for the folder. Notifications are sent to the delegated person (i.e., the alternate) in addition to the folder originator. The alternate may transfer the folder back to the original recipient if the original recipient returns to work.

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Automatic Delegation of Work for Electronic Folders

      Disclosed is a method that provides for the automatic transfer
of folder work to a designated alternate in an electronic, remote
foldering environment.  Once the alternate person is specified, the
system should automatically delegate (distribute) the work (file
folders in this case) to the alternate recipient.  The alternate may
access all work via his own authorized access.  A delegated folder
means that a recipient has authorized another person to respond to
the folder (called the alternate).  However, the original recipient
remains accountable for the folder.  Notifications are sent to the
delegated person (i.e., the alternate) in addition to the folder
originator.  The alternate may transfer the folder back to the
original recipient if the original recipient returns to work.

      Generally, delegations are done only at distribution time.  A
person may assign an alternate at any time.  However, this alternate
is only recognized at distribution time.

      If a folder that was sent to a person's alternate, and then
distributed again, is recalled, the folder will be distributed to:

-   the original recipient OR

-   the alternate if the original recipient still has delegation on.

      Delegation support is encapsulated in the person object, since
folder recipients are composed of person objects.  Attributes of this
class indicate:

-   whether the person wishes to delegate their wor...