Accessing a post office system from a client computer using applets

  • US 5,951,636 A
  • Filed: 12/04/1997
  • Issued: 09/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for accessing a folder of messages, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) establishing a first connection between a client computer and a mail server including the folder of messages over a first network;

    (b) communicating a command from the client computer to the mail server to parse messages in the folder to obtain a message header;

    (c) downloading the message headers to the client computer;

    (d) terminating the first connection between the client computer and the mail server after downloading the message headers;

    (e) selecting with the client computer a displayed header;

    (f) establishing a second connection between the client computer and the mail server;

    (g) communicating a command from the client computer to the mail server to retrieve a body for each message whose header was selected;

    (h) downloading the selected message bodies to the client computer;

    (i) communicating a command from the client computer to the mail server to delete the selected messages from the folder in the mail server; and

    (j) communicating a command from the client computer to the mail server to terminate the second connection between the client computer and the mail server.

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