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Automatic Subject Line Generation for Sent and Received Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118570D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Murray, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to automatically generate subject lines for sent and received electronic mail missing this information. Current intelligent agent applications could serve as a suitable platform for the definition and launch of this function. The method by which the system determines the text to generate for the subject line is two pronged.

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Automatic Subject Line Generation for Sent and Received Mail

      Disclosed is a method to automatically generate subject lines
for sent and received electronic mail missing this information.
Current intelligent agent applications could serve as a suitable
platform for the  definition and launch of this function.  The method
by which the system  determines the text to generate for the subject
line is two pronged.

      First, the system scans the contents of the mail item for an
existing subject line imbedded in the body of the item.  Often, mail
items without subject lines are actually notes that have been
forwarded on by someone other than the original author and the person
forwarding the item did not re-enter the subject line.  Usually, the
original note  being forwarded has a subject line, but the mail
system does not carry  it to the new subject line.  The proposed
methodology would scan the item for the first occurrence of a line
that started with the word "Subject" and use the text immediately
following it on the same line as  the generated subject line
information.

      Second, if a subject line was not found in the body of the mail
item, the system would generate the subject information by examining
the first full sentence of the note.  In determining which part of
the first sentence to use as the subject information, the following
rules would apply in this order:
  1.  If the first sentence is contained all on one line, then
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