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Processing OV2R2 Openmail Request With Non-integrated Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120753D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chun, EG: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method for an integrated application to process the OPENMAIL request from OfficeVision*/2 Release 2 (OV2R2) via special preparation processing performed by an interface program.

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Processing OV2R2 Openmail Request With Non-integrated Application

      This article describes a method for an integrated
application to process the OPENMAIL request from OfficeVision*/2
Release 2 (OV2R2) via special preparation processing performed by an
interface program.

      Files in the OV2R2 Inbasket are marked "hidden", read-only and
the location and names of the files (path and filename) are not
disclosed in order to preserve confidentiality and prevent any
tampering with the "mail". Existing applications, commonly, do not
have special processing code to handle the editing of hidden,
read-only files.  Also, existing applications usually will not
prevent a user from seeing where a file resides (path and filename).
Applications that do not edit hidden, read-only files and do not
prevent the disclosure of a files location, will not be able to
process the OPENMAIL request from OV2R2.

      To avoid the problem of modifying existing applications to
enable them to process the OPENMAIL request from OV2R2, special
preparation of the mail file can take place by an interface program
that is written to communicate between OV2R2 and the existing
application. This interface program translates the OV2R2 requests
into input that the integrated product can interpret and process.
After receiving the OPENMAIL request from OV2R2, the interface
program can do special processing before transferring the request to
the application.  The special processing includes making a copy of
the mail file passed as input.  This copy of the file is not hidden
nor marked read-only and is created in a temporary directory with a
generic name and is then passed to the existing application to view.
When the user is finished viewing the copy of the mail file, the copy
will be erased by the interface program when the application is ready
to return control to OV2R2.  By making a copy of the mail f...