Late-binding email attachment
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jan-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-04
When a file attachment is added to an email, a separate copy of the file is attached. If you update the attachment after adding it to the email and before sending it, you have to unattach and reattach the file to get the latest version. This is a common occurrence that is very annoying and unproductive. Furthermore, it is error-prone. If the user forgets to update the attachment by removing and re-adding it, he/she can send a document they didn't mean to send. The only method close to this is the ability to send a web link in an email. This isn't sufficient because it may be a document that the user does not want to make available on a network.