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Filing of Emails with Attachements in Email Readers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030907D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When using an email reader software that supports attachements and filing, users are often repeating the same task over and over again: 1. Detach an attachement to a directory on disk on the local operating system, 2. Delete the attachement from the email, and 3. File or archive the email in a folder in the email reader. The filing structure to detach attachements and the filing structure where the emails are filed have often the same hieararchical structure. In this case, it is easier to navigate the emails and the corresponding attachments. Because attachments are stored on the local disk, this allows to file email messages and save disk space on the mail server and is critical, especially when there are strict disk quotas for each user's mailbox on the mail server. In this article, we describe a mechanism that prevents these repetitive tasks and provide a uniform way of filing attachments on the operating system and email messages in an email reader