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Use of Affinity List Object Identifier for Returning Affinity Lists

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121487D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bower, R: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

This article describes a method for using an X.400 object identifier to help support affinity lists in an X.400 mail system.

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Use of Affinity List Object Identifier for Returning Affinity Lists

      This article describes a method for using an X.400 object
identifier to help support affinity lists in an X.400 mail system.

      X.400 is the international standard for electronic messaging.
This standard defines a message store that is used to contain a
user's mail. However, the base definition of this message store does
not define a method for one user to look at another user's mail
(i.e., affinity).

      X.400 gives a user the ability to name types of objects.  This
is done by creating an ASN.1 object identifier.  By using the object
identifier to denote the affinity list, the message store may send
the list to the user. This list would contain the list of users for
which this particular user has been granted affinity.  This affinity
list is returned as part of the Bind-Result which would create new
functionality for a message store.

      For example, if an 'affinity-type' X.400 user were to bind to
this message store, as part of the bind results that user would
receive a list of other users for which affinity was enabled.  If a
'native' (i.e., without affinity capability) X.400 user were to bind
to this message store, that user would not receive this affinity
list, since it would not be understood by such a user.

      Using an exchange of bind information to provide details about
a user's affinity has several advantages.  One is that it still
allows 'native' users...