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Method & System for Advanced Typeahead to Establish a Recipient List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198141D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an intelligent method and system for advanced typeahead to automatically establish an email recipient list. Such a method is also applicable to other products and features where individuals must create and maintain lists of users and/or recipients.

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Method & System for Advanced Typeahead to Establish a Recipient List

Email senders often target repeat patterns of recipients, resulting in the same individuals occupying the To, CC and BCC lists. Users must often take the time to remember the names and manually type them into the address fields as there is no group defined for that subset. Individuals also face this problem when addressing email to subsets of established groups such as managers, directors, their teams, etc. Relative to the email process, this is a labor-intensive task.

Conventional art provides solutions to this problem, but places an onus on the individual to create and manage a private group. Creation of the group is an administrative task that, at the beginning of the process, requires the user to specify a set of names. The owner must maintain this group as it can quickly go out of date as individuals leave teams, change teams, and so on. In addition, when the sender prefers to divide email distribution among the group (different To or CC or BCC lists), this is difficult as once the group is selected, all the names populate the same field.

This is a problem that conventional art does not solve. Current, similar solutions include:

Notes Type Ahead - extrapolates a single name from a plurality of characters

and suggests options for that set of characters; does not suggest recipient patterns.
Google GMail Cache lookahead - similar to art in Notes; does not suggest

recipient patterns.
Looked at several email clients - hotmail, gmail, notes, outlook, yahoo; none of

these solve this problem.

The problem is not restricted to email. When specifying access controls on a document, entries in an acl group, attendees on a calendar invitation, primary and optional members in an IM chat or chat room, and so on, the same problems arise as document owners or message senders strive to reach the relevant subset of individuals.

It is the purpose of this invention to solve problems in conventional art and furnish the email user with an intelligent method and system for advanced typeahead to automatically establish a recipient list, where such a method can also be applied to those other products and features where individuals must create and maintain lists of users and/or recipients.

The invention for advanced typeahead works as follows:

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