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Multiple Addressee Fields of the Same Type in an Email System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000192859D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Feb-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Feb-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article discloses a method to have multiple addressee fields of the same type in an email system.

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Multiple Addressee Fields of the Same Type in an Email System

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Sometimes the sender of an email that uses conventional "to", "cc", and "bcc" fields to separate out addresses, has the need to enter a large number of addresses into one of those fields. For instance, the sender may want to insert 50 customer names, and 75 names from sender's company, into the "bcc" field. Later, after having sent the email, the sender might want to see what company names were sent to and which customer names, but the email system might re-sort the addresses in the "bcc" field alphabetically or some other sort order, making this very difficult. Even if the names are left ordered as the sender entered them, it still might be difficult to see where the customer names end, and the company names begin.

If the sender does this for the "to" or "cc" fields, then the sender would further have the option of allowing the recipients to see the segregated fields (if one's particular email system handled the distinction).

If the recipient sees the multiple fields, then a "reply to all" action could optionally retain this segregation.

There are processes for having functionality be limited based on which addressee field the recipient's email ID is in. This article could help in such architectures, allowing examples such as: "I want all p...