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Automatic Message Recall when Detecting Inbound Message of Relevant Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111670D
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

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article enables a user to automatically retract a message (electronic mail, phone mail, etc.) after it is sent, if the recipient is also currently sending a message to the sending user.

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Automatic Message Recall when Detecting Inbound Message of Relevant
Data

      This article enables a user to automatically retract a message
(electronic mail, phone mail, etc.) after it is sent, if the
recipient is also currently sending a message to the sending user.

      Frequently two users happen to be in the process of sending
each other messages at the same time, either via electronic mail or
by phone.  Many times one or both messages would have been quite
different, or even completely unnecessary, if one user knew that the
other one was currently sending a message.  A method is needed for
eliminating this problem from happening.

      For example, Joe's manager, Sue, has been reminding Joe all
week that she needs his status report by Friday at 5:00 P.M.  It is
now 4:55 P.M.  on Friday, and Joe is currently typing his status memo
to Sue.  Sue is afraid that Joe has forgotten, so she sends him
another reminder.  When Joe reads Sue's reminder, he is disappointed
that Sue lacked confidence in him, especially because he was actually
in the process of accommodating her request.  A method is needed to
provide a user with processing options whenever two users are sending
messages to each other at approximately the same time.

      The present article allows the sender of a note to specify a
retract option which requires the user to subsequently specify string
criteria to be used to detect presence within any notes which may
cross paths.  Complex...