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Expiration Date as Part of Mail Item for Return to Sender

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122062D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, MD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method in which mail items can be given an expiration date. The sender specifies the date and time for the unopened mail items to be taken from the recipient's inbasket and returned to the sender. When a mail item is sent and the recipient does not open the mail item by the expiration date and time set by the sender, the mail item will be removed from the recipient's inbasket and returned to the sender's inbasket. The returned mail item is marked as expired.

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Expiration Date as Part of Mail Item for Return to Sender

      This article describes a method in which mail items can be
given an expiration date. The sender specifies the date and time for
the unopened mail items to be taken from the recipient's inbasket and
returned to the sender. When a mail item is sent and the recipient
does not open the mail item by the expiration date and time set by
the sender, the mail item will be removed from the recipient's
inbasket and returned to the sender's inbasket. The returned mail
item is marked as expired.

      When a mail item is sent by a user, a checkbox named
"Expiration" will be available on the normal send dialog. When this
box is checked, either a section of the current dialog or another
dialog will become available. The newly available dialog (or section)
requires specification of the expiration date and time. The only user
interface difference between sending mail normally and sending mail
with an attached expiration is the checkbox and dialog (or section).

      If the recipient opens the mail item prior to the expiration
date and time the mail item is no longer a candidate for expiration.
Opening only the inbasket will not suffice, the item itself must be
opened.

      When a mail item expires the mail application removes the item
from the recipient's inbasket and places the item into the sender's
inbasket. The mail item is not to be delegated to another user. The
original sender is the only userid which...