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Method for Auto-Creation of Distribution Lists

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111776D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Provided is an automatic method for creating distribution lists from arbitrary textual sources.

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Method for Auto-Creation of Distribution Lists

      Provided is an automatic method for creating distribution lists
from arbitrary textual sources.

      Often times a user sends mail items to large recipient lists
without a nickname to a constructed distribution list.  Users also
receive notes which include large recipient lists.  A method is
needed for automatically constructing a distribution list which is
accessible by an appropriate nickname.  A user may desire to create a
distribution list, without manually creating it, from either a note
or document previously sent (e.g., exists in archived NOTE LOG), a
note or document previously received, a note or document currently
sent, or a note or document currently received.  The user may also
desire a means for determining the best name for such a distribution
list.

      Provided is a function which allows a user to stripe one or
more lines of text in an arbitrary mail note or document,
specifically a list of user ids, and have a distribution list
automatically created that is accessible in the future by a nickname.
The highlighted area (i.e., striped) must contain one or more
electronic mail addresses in a known format such as
"NODENAME(USERNAME)".  Arbitrary characters are permitted to separate
any two addresses, thereby supporting recipient addresses scattered
throughout a single striped area in a mail note or document.  After
an area is highlighted, auto-creation is invoked.  As a result, a
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