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Specific Recipient Status Within Distribution List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121793D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described to provide a granular and hierarchical level of recipient status reporting to a distribution sender for previously distributed mail items to one or more recipients and/or zero or more distribution list.

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Specific Recipient Status Within Distribution List

      A method is described to provide a granular and hierarchical
level of recipient status reporting to a distribution sender for
previously distributed mail items to one or more recipients and/or
zero or more distribution list.

      A "distribution list" provides a useful function of grouping a
set of users.  This list can then be addressed on electronic mail
when distributing to those set of users. There are two types of
distribution lists that exist in the current office products, "local"
and "remote" distribution lists.  A "local" distribution list resides
on the originating node.  This list can be accessed readily by the
sender and, therefore, can be resolved and expanded at or by the
originating system.  A "remote" distribution list provides way to
address a list that resides in the destination system.

      Mixed recipient list that has zero or more distribution lists
and one or more simple recipients can cause an end user some
confusion when acknowledgement or receipt notice is delivered to the
sender. The sender does not know of the final expanded recipient list
since it may have been resolved somewhere in the network.

      The method allows to retain distribution list and nesting
information when reporting.  The protocol allows the user to visually
know the delivery information of distribution recipients and how they
were delivered, e.g, were they part of any distribution list or not.

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