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Cancel an Entire Folder Distribution from the Inbasket

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121871D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method of cancelling an entire folder distribution 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 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 as multiple simple distributions.

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Cancel an Entire Folder Distribution from the Inbasket

      This article describes a method of cancelling an entire
folder distribution 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 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 as multiple
simple distributions.

      When the aggregate distribution arrives at its destination, it
is placed as a single distribution entry into the recipient's mail
in- basket.

      If the recipient decides to cancel the distribution, the entire
aggregate could be purged from the user's inbasket without the
recipient being aware of its contents. Because a Folder can itself
contain folders and because this hierarchy can be many levels, an end
user needs to be protected against inadvertently purging these
nestable aggregates without being explicitly informed as to the
result of such an action.

      This method describes a protocol that, when carried out between
a mail service and a mail application, ensures that a user will not
inadvertently discard complex distributions without a complete
forewarning of the results of such an action.

      Each distribution in a user's inbasket carries with it a key
which uniquely identifies it to the mail system. Since a folder is a
single aggregate distribution, it has just one unique key, as does
any other distribution. Cancellation of an inbasket item occurs by
supplyin...