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Utilization of Reply-After Dates for Mail Surrogates

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Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is proposed for allowing mail surrogates to process mail with a reply-after date.

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Utilization of Reply-After Dates for Mail Surrogates

      A method is proposed for allowing mail surrogates to
process mail with a reply-after date.

      Consider an electronic mail (e-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 e- mail systems allow the designation of another user as a
mail surrogate, so that mail sent to the principal can be processed
by the surrogate.  The processing of mail with reply-after dates is
not defined in current mail systems. It is this processing that is
the method of this article.

      Current processing of reply-after dates in e-mail as the range
of dates, from the reply-after through the due dates, recorded on the
sender's and recipients' calendars; reminders and other triggers may
be associated with these dates on any calendar. The process of
replying to mail with associated dates marks the corresponding
calendar entries as done and cancels any reminders and triggers.

      New to this method is the additional processing necessary for a
surrogate to process the principal's mail with similar available
information and results.  The method takes these steps:
1) When the principal authorizes a surrogate for mail processing, the
e-mail and calendar systems are notified, the e-mail system so that
incoming principal mail (within the securit...