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Method to View Abstract of the Inbasket Objects without Opening the Entries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111883D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-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

With the advent and popularity of multimedia technology, users of electronic mail systems send and receive a multiplicity of mail items of a diverse nature and length. Often times, a users' inbasket is overwhelmed with a number of entries which range from textual to a variety of multimedia objects such as video and audio segments. Often the multimedia objects may not be processable by the recipients' system. Prior methods provide mechanisms that allow enterprises to interchange summary information of a document. For example, by providing a self-defining field within an Interchange Document Profile (IDP) that is used by Document Interchange Architecture (DIA) Services.

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Method to View Abstract of the Inbasket Objects without Opening the
Entries

      With the advent and popularity of multimedia technology, users
of electronic mail systems send and receive a multiplicity of mail
items of a diverse nature and length.  Often times, a users' inbasket
is overwhelmed with a number of entries which range from textual to a
variety of multimedia objects such as video and audio segments.
Often the multimedia objects may not be processable by the
recipients' system.  Prior methods provide mechanisms that allow
enterprises to interchange summary information of a document.  For
example, by providing a self-defining field within an Interchange
Document Profile (IDP) that is used by Document Interchange
Architecture (DIA) Services.  Users desire to browse abstracts of
multimedia objects in an inbasket to provide a quick and convenient
way to review the content of the objects before they are opened for
processing.

      Provided is a mechanism that allows users to create a short
synopsis of the content of an object to be carried within the
"object's profile", e.g., one line character string or 30 second
video segment.  Also, when the recipient receives the object he/she
may browse the synopsis without opening the object using a browser.

      This method allows users to create and browse synopses of the
inbasket objects without opening the object.  For example, a user can
create a 40 second brief video segment that describes a 2-hour v...