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Cancel a Subset of a Folder Distribution from the Inbasket

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121865D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method of cancelling a subset of a folder that exists in the user's inbasket. In an electronic mail system, folders may be distributed as well as simple mail items, such as notes, messages, or documents. A folder can be viewed as an aggregate or encasement of multiple simple entities and contains within it the the rules describing the relationships among the entities that it contains. When a Folder is distributed in a network, it must be maintained as an aggregate. It must carry with it not only the objects that it contains but the properties and relationships that exist among them as well. It is treated as a single distribution object in the mail system rather than multiple simple distributions.

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Cancel a Subset of a Folder Distribution from the Inbasket

      This article describes a method of cancelling a subset of
a folder that exists in the user's inbasket. In an electronic mail
system, folders may be distributed as well as simple mail items, such
as notes, messages, or documents. A folder can be viewed as an
aggregate or encasement of multiple simple entities and contains
within it the the rules describing the relationships among the
entities that it contains.  When a Folder is distributed in a
network, it must be maintained as an aggregate. It must carry with it
not only the objects that it contains but the properties and
relationships that exist among them as well. It is treated as a
single distribution object in the mail system rather than multiple
simple distributions.

      When the aggregate distribution arrives at its destination, it
is placed as a single distribution entry into the recipient's mail
inbasket. If the recipient decides to cancel the distribution, it
must be cancelled in its entirety unless the method described is
employed to allow individual cancellation of a subset of the folder.

      Suppose a user lists the contents of the inbasket and sees that
a folder exists as one of the mail items. An option is provided to
the requesting application when listing the details of the Folder
Distribution for the Mail Service to return the list of elements
contained within the Folder.

      The information returned includes a specification of each of
the Folder elements and relative key information that could be used
by subsequent functions wishing to operate on specific individual
elements of the folder rather than on the entire folder as a whole.
The Folder element may be single documents or aggregates such as
Staples or other Folders.
Conceptual Model:
  Where:
       ABC is a Folder that exists in a user's inbasket and contains
2 single documents M and N and a Folder P which contains a...