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Selective Receipt of Document Elements in an Electronic Mail System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014015D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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Sometimes the sender of a composed e-mail note might not want to send all parts of the note to all recipients specified in the TO, CC, and BCC header. For instance, the sender might be forwarding a note that has a huge attached file. Some of the recipients of the forwarded mail might have already received the original note (and therefore the attached file) whereas others may have not. It would be advantageous to be able, within the same one mail item, to specify that only a subset of the recipients will receive the big attached file. One of the negative aspects of networked computing is poor performance caused by excess 'bits' being transported around. By reducing the size of an e-mail item, the overall performance improves for all users of the network. Proposed is an enhanced function for e-mail systems, that allows senders to specify that a subset of recipients receive certain parts of the sent item.