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Methodology for Answering a Note which has a Reply-After Date

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122292D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is proposed for managing the reply-after date of a correspondence when replying.

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Methodology for Answering a Note which has a Reply-After Date

      A method is proposed for managing the reply-after date of
a correspondence when replying.

      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 reply to the
correspondence and manage the calendar dates.  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 replying to the correspondence:
   * If the correspondence is before the "reply after" date, the user
is notified and the writing of the reply is postponed, (written and
saved for later transmission), or if permitted...