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Methodology for Forwarding a Distribution with a Reply-After Date

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Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is proposed for managing correspondence with a reply-after date when forwarded to another.

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Methodology for Forwarding a Distribution with a Reply-After Date

      A method is proposed for managing correspondence with a
reply-after date when forwarded to another.

      Consider an electronic mail system that also has an electronic
calendar system.  Currently such mail systems have the ability to
attach a range of dates to a correspondence, the meaning of which is
the range between which a reply is required or requested.  Current
art also adds the range of dates as notes, reminders, or events to
the sender's and recipient's calendars.

      The proposed method of this article allows the recipient of a
correspondence with an attached range of reply dates to forward the
correspondence to another user for information or action.  This
method takes these steps:
1) The sender of the correspondence indicates the range of dates when
a reply is expected.  Various methods for this exist.
2) The range of dates is sent with the correspondence to each
designated recipient.
3) The range of dates is displayed to the recipient at the time the
correspondence is "opened."
4) The recipient can choose to have the range of dates added to his
or her calendar.  Once added, the range appears as a note, a reminder
or a calendar event, depending on the choice of the recipient.
5) When forwarding the correspondence to another user:
      * If the user is to receive the correspondence for information
only, the forwarding user types an optional message, and sends it
with the original correspondence without reply-after or due dates.

      * If the user is to receive the correspondence for action, the
forwarding user types an optional message, and sends it with the
original correspondence, attaching a "reply after" date or a "due"
date, or both.
      * If the forwarding user chooses, the original reply-after and
due dates can be forwarded to the o...