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Third Party Acknowledgements within a Distributed System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122723D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, W: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

There is a requirement in today's office environment for a user to be able to specify user's who should receive an acknowledgement for a given distribution. An originator of a distribution may want a particular copy recipient to be notified when a primary recipient has opened a distribution. Many current systems require the originator to forward an acknowledgement to other users to show that a particular user has opened a mail item. Furthermore, users receiving these forwarded documents have no verification of their authenticity. A mechanism is needed which permits an originator to specify other users who should receive an acknowledgement for a mail item.

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Third Party Acknowledgements within a Distributed System

      There is a requirement in today's office environment for a user
to be able to specify user's who should receive an acknowledgement
for a given distribution. An originator of a distribution may want a
particular copy recipient to be notified when a primary recipient has
opened a distribution. Many current systems require the originator to
forward an acknowledgement to other users to show that a particular
user has opened a mail item. Furthermore, users receiving these
forwarded documents have no verification of their authenticity. A
mechanism is needed which permits an originator to specify other
users who should receive an acknowledgement for a mail item.

      A user, upon initiating a distribution, can be presented with
an option as to if additional users should be notified of the
acknowledgements. An additional parameter can be sent with the
distribution. This parameter would specify users who are to receive
an acknowledgement from the recipients of a distribution.

      As an example, a subordinate of a manager may be directed to
send a note to the director of the division. The subordinate may want
his or her manager informed as to when the director actually "listed"
the document. Thus, the subordinate could designate himself or
herself and the manager as the recipients of the acknowledgement.
This is especially useful when the subordinate may not be present to
forward the acknowledgement to hi...