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Laurel Manual

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Original Publication Date: 1981-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-20

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Software Patent Institute

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Dou5~1as K. Brotz: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

1 1.1. What is Laurel? 1 1.2. What is this manual? 1 1.3. How to obtain Laurel 1.4. How to run Laurel 2 1.5. Acknowledgments 3

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

©; Copyright 1981 by Xerox Corporation; used with permission

Laurel Manual

by Dou5~1as K. Brotz

CSL 81-6 May 19e1; Reprinted January 1984

© Copyright Xerox Corporation 1981.

Abstract: Laurel is an Alto-based, display-oriented, computer mail system interface. It provides facilities to retrieve mail and present it for delivery, and to display, forward, classify, file, edit and print messages. Additional features include facilities to read, write and copy files, run programs, and a whole lot more. Laurel is a component of a distributed message system that has been in operation for several years in the Xerox Research Internet.

This document is a description of the facilities contained in Laurel. Several tips on proper use of computer mail facilities in a social context are included.

Key words and phrases: Alto, Distributed computing, Electronic mail, Ethernet, Grapevine, Laurel, Text editor, User interface.

XXerox Corporation '`~` Palo Alto Research Center 3333 Coyote Hill Road Palo Alto, California 94304

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1 1.1. What is Laurel? 1 1.2. What is this manual? 1 1.3. How to obtain Laurel
1.4. How to run Laurel 2 1.5. Acknowledgments 3

2. Basic notions and facilities 5 2.1 'Ihe user interface 6 2.1.1 Command invocation 6 2.1.2 Editing conrentions 6 2.1.3 Brackets 2.2 Thc display 8 2.2.1 Scrolling and thumbing 8 2.2.2 New mail-Retrieving your new mail g 2.3 The table-of consents region 9 2.3.1 Sclecting messages
2.3.2 Mark characters 1 2.4 Status information in the upper menu 10 2.4.1 I,aurel Yersion 2.4.2 Date and time 2.4.3 In-box status - 11 2.4.4 Free disk pages 2.5 Message display region 12 2.6 Mcssa~c composition region 12 2.7 Thc feedback region 12

3. Scrcen commands L3 3.1 Upper menu commands 13 3.1.1 User-Logging in 3.1.2 New mail- Retrieving your new mail 14 3.1.3 1VIail filc-Establishing your current mail file 14 3.1.4 Quit- Lea~ing Laurel 15 3.2 Rccci~ed mcssagc manipulation 16 3.2.1 Oisplay-Vic``ing a message 16
3.2.2 Dclete-Indicating messages to bc destroyed 16 3.2.3 Undcicte-Indicating messages to bc rctaincd 16 3.2.4 Movc to-Filing messages 17 3.3 11ardcopy-Printing messages 17 3.3.1 Printer 18 3.3.2 Form 18 , 3.3.3 Copics 3.3.4 T``o sided 20 3.3.5 Private

3.4 1~1essage initialization commands 20 3.4.1 Ncw fonn-Initialil.ing a new message 21 3.4.2 Answer-Replying to a message 21 3.4.3 l'or`Yard-Resending recei~ed messages 21 3.5 File commands 22 3.5.1 Get-Reading a file 22 3 5 2 Put-Writing a file 23 3 5 3 Copy-Copying or transferring a file 24 3.6 Run-Running a program; Laurel extensions 24 3.7 Deliver-Sending a message 25 3.7.1 Editing the message header 26 3.7.2 Naming recipients 26 3.7.3 Public distribution lists 27 3.7.4 Pri'ate distribution lists 28 3.7.5 DeliYery 28 3.7.6 Corresponding ~`ith Arpanet recipients 29

Dec 31, 1981

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Laurel Manual

4. The Laurel e~litor 31 4.1 Getting started 32 4.2 Selecting...