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Status for Unable to Respond for Extended Time

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122060D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A methodology is described which permits a mail requester to know recipients of a mail item are not able to respond for a significantly long time. This informs the originator that the pending acknowledgement status indicating 'not handled' is of good reason because the recipients are out of the office for an extended period of time.

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Status for Unable to Respond for Extended Time

      A methodology is described which permits a mail requester to
know recipients of a mail item are not able to respond for a
significantly long time. This informs the originator that the pending
acknowledgement status indicating 'not handled' is of good reason
because the recipients are out of the office for an extended period
of time.

      An attribute is not disclosed. Instead, and more appropriately,
the present article is a status returned in an Unformatted Status
Document so that the status can be reported by the receiving
application(s) to the originator(s) of the subject distribution
through a user interface mechanism. A new status code returned on the
Document Interchange Architecture (DIA) LIST STATUS command is
implemented. The status code is returned in the Unformatted Status
Document which originated in coordination with applications governing
the definition of being unavailable for an extended time period
(e.g., on vacation/medical operation/leave of absence/maternity
leave/etc.). The status code indicates the recipient is OUT FOR AN
EXTENDED TIME but nevertheless the mail was delivered. Of course,
managing the information responsible for creating such a status is
maintained with an application and user interface thereof. The
receiving server will retain status to report properly to
originators. Typically, this status is returned when a requester
profile indicates out on vacation, back in the office by...