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Partial Download of Repeatedly Forwarded Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120783D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Forwarded mail which appends the previous note correspondence grows to an unmanageable size.

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Partial Download of Repeatedly Forwarded Mail

      Forwarded mail which appends the previous note
correspondence grows to an unmanageable size.

      Consider an electronic mail system.  Current art allows users
of this system to send new mail, reply to mail, and to forward mail
to another. Current art provides a way for the reply to a note to
contain as an attachment the full body of the original note.  This is
especially useful when the note is forwarded to a new participant in
the conversation, who, from the collection of appended notes, can
review the entire conversation up to date.  (By conversation, it is
meant the collection of notes and replies initiated by the original
note and continued with each additional reply.)  This method,
however, can result in an ever growing piece of correspondence,
which, when returned to one of the current participants in the
conversation, contains only one fragment of the conversation not
already seen.

      It is not a solution to not send the appended to date
conversation notes.  These notes are essential for any new
participant in the conversation. Current art provides for desk-top
(personal computer workstation) systems to participate in electronic
mail.  These work stations are connected to host systems.  The host
systems may be connected to a network of other host systems.  The
electronic mail system transports mail between the host systems where
it is held for each recipient.  A user of the workstation wi...