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Method for Listing Summarized Contents of Received Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122890D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baba, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for summarizing contents of incoming mail and showing a list of the summary texts automatically in a mail system. This makes it easy to know the contents of the mail before opening the mail and know which mail should be read first.

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Method for Listing Summarized Contents of Received Mail

      Disclosed is a method for summarizing contents of incoming
mail and showing a list of the summary texts automatically in a mail
system.  This makes it easy to know the contents of the mail before
opening the mail and know which mail should be read first.

      In a general mail system, it shows only a list of titles of the
mail, but the title may not represent the contents of the mail, and
also the mail may not have its title.  This disclosed method can be
functional regardless of the existence of the title, because it shows
not only its title but also its summary.

Fig. 1 shows how this method works:
  1.  Determine whether there is incoming mail.
  2.  Get mail from a mail server,
  3.  Add sender's name or address, date, and title if available
       to the list.
  4.  Summarize the contents of the mail.  Summarizing ratio,
       which determines how many sentences are derived or how
       many words are in the summary, can be selected by the user.
  5.  Add the summary to the list.
  6.  Show the list.

Fig. 2 shows an example of a window for viewing the list.  In this
window, there are three menus:
  File           : Saves a selected mail as a local file.
  Show Mail      : Shows whole contents of the selected mail.
  Summarize Level: Specifies the ratio for making the summary.

      The use of this method is not limited to the mail system.  ...