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Method for deleting or mark deleted includable and redundant content in email Systems Disclosure Number: IPCOM000173880D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Aug-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Aug-25
Document File: 5 page(s) / 242K

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This method is used to deleting or mark deleted includable and redundant content in email System.

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Method for deleting or mark deleted includable and redundant content in email Systems

1. Background: What is the problem solved by your invention? Describe known solutions to this problem (if any). What are the drawbacks of such known solutions, or why is an additional solution required? Cite any relevant technical documents or references.


Charlie is working as a software tester for an international big company. He now participant a multinational project, it is necessary for him to communicate with colleagues locate at different cities and even overseas. Email is the main tool he and his colleagues use to communicate with each other. Every morning he comes to office, the first thing he does is to receive and reply emails. Every day he should read dozens of emails. The size of his mailbox becomes larger and larger day by day, and occupy lots of storage on disk. What is more, his manager can receive more than a hundred emails one day, it is almost a calamity.

The following picture is a snapshot of Charlie's mailbox.


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From above showing,

we can know that every day there are a lot of mails,

which reply to the same

original one. For instance, the mails enclosed by red ellipse are replies to "Droping db2 dbs"; the mails enclosed by green ellipse are replies to "Blogs admin script"; the mails enclosed by blue ellipse are replies to "Community Source vs. Charlie's code drops"; in addition, the two mails enclosed by pink ellipse contain the content, Charlie has received this mail, and some one else forwarded it to Charlie again.

when people reply to an email, he usually selects the option

                                       "reply with history" and add his reply above. So actually, the latest reply will contain all the contents of previous ones, We define it as catch-all mail.

Thus it can be seen, in fact there are a lot of repetitious content filled in our daily mails. This method is to delete the repetitious content of mailbox in order to save storage on disk and also make daily work comfortable.


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2. Summary of Invention: Briefly describe the core idea of your invention (saving the details for questions #3 below). Describe the advantage(s) of using your invention instead of the known solutions described above.

The rationale behind this idea is to delete repetitious mails from mailbox so as to decrease the number of mails and save storage on disk. At the same time, it will not produce the problem of information losing.

3. Description: Describe how your invention works, and how it could be implemented, using text, diagrams and flow charts as appropriate.

This comprises of two parts.
A. The basic definition and glossary.
B. Algorithm


we will describe the above two sections separately in detail.

A. The basic definition and glossary

1) Original Mail :

2) Reply A...