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Supplementary Confirmation of Delivery Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121949D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A mechanism is described which solves the problem of poorly reported status indications inherent in DIA connectivity implementations. Specifically, this invention consists of providing appropriate levels of delivery indication based on a recipient's server and requester action.

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Supplementary Confirmation of Delivery Indicator

      A mechanism is described which solves the problem of
poorly reported status indications inherent in DIA connectivity
implementations.  Specifically, this invention consists of providing
appropriate levels of delivery indication based on a recipient's
server and requester action.

      This invention consists of an additional level of confirmation
sent back to senders of distributions marked with acknowledgement.
Currently, many systems send a delivered status when a recipient
lists his in-basket rather than when he actually opens the item. Yet
another status indication problem exists in the OfficeVision*/2
(OV/2) gateway connectivity where gateway processes called host
agents handle mail on behalf of LAN (Local Area Network) users. The
affinity relationship between the host agent sign-on id and the LAN
users causes delivered status to be set on the connected host when
the host agent retrieves mail therefrom. Delivered status is
prematurely marked because the LAN users have not yet received the
distributions. Only the host agent has retrieved the mail. Thus, an
extra level of acknowledgement is desirable for indicating when the
LAN users have actually received their mail. This invention
implements a configurable extra level of status embodied by a note
sent to the originator of the COD (Confirmation of Delivery) request
when distributions are actually received by LAN users. Furthermore,
this invention can further report status back only when a user
actually performs an action on the item (e.g., print/file/
browse/etc.) rather than when the user lists the item in his
in-basket.

      The status indication problem most apparent and in need of a
solution is with gateway connections. Predefined notes will be sent
to originating addresses and the notes are configurable per gateway.
The format of the note can vary depending on type of status and types
of connected systems (or related constraints, suc...