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Retentive Time Based Acknowledgement Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122379D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A mechanism is described which allows an originator to associate an attribute to a distribution which will prevent the recipient(s) of that distribution from removing the object from an application (e.g., mail) before a REPLY BY DATE or ACTION DUE DATE.

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Retentive Time Based Acknowledgement Object

      A mechanism is described which allows an originator to
associate an attribute to a distribution which will prevent the
recipient(s) of that distribution from removing the object from an
application (e.g., mail) before a REPLY BY DATE or ACTION DUE DATE.

      Upon receipt of a distribution with a specified ACTION DUE DATE
or REPLY BY DATE, the receiving server will mark the distribution as
pending reply. The present article mechanism, upon a user request to
delete a distribution, will check the associated interchange document
profile (IDP) attribute information for ACTION DUE DATE and REPLY BY
DATE attributes. If the attributes indicate a reply is necessary and
a mark exists for pending reply, then the distribution will not be
deleted and the user will be notified that a reply is necessary
before allowing a delete process to occur.

      Those skilled in the art recognize that other operations, such
as file, purge, print, etc., can also be prevented by use. As with
existing systems, classifications can be associated with the
originator and recipient. Thus, authority levels of the originator
and recipient can be utilized to determine if the retention
characteristics will be enforced by the recipient's mail service. For
example, a director of an organization may have a higher authority
than an employee who sent the distribution with the retention
characteristics. In such cases, the director may override the
reten...