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A flexible, event driven and conditional rule based mail messaging system which can be transparently implemented for use in electronic mail applications. A rule mechanism is implemented having a "When-If-Then" event-driven, conditional, action-invoking paradigm or "triplet" which permits definition of a repertoire of events considered to be significant events upon which to trigger actions in the electronic mail messaging system. Each particular event may be associated with a specific mail message and/or rules to promote efficient mapping of messages, events and rules so that only rules associated with a specific event are invoked upon occurrence of the event. Only relevant rules, i.e. those associated with a satisfied event, need be further processed. A graphical user interface to a structured rule editor facilitates synthesis of rules by a user via a substantially transparent rule engine.

Title
Event-driven rule-based messaging system
Application Number
771197
Publication Number
5802253
Application Date
February 26, 1996
Publication Date
September 1, 1998
Inventor
Eugene H Lee
Cambridge
MA, US
Charles J Digate
Boston
MA, US
Kevin C Gross
Belmont
MA, US
Agent
Hale and Dorr
Assignee
Banyan Systems Incorporated
MA, US
IPC
G06F 15/18
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