Conversation-Based Mail

Douglas E. Comer, Larry L. Peterson

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A new message communication paradigm based on conversations that provides an alternative to memo- and conference-based mail is described. A conversation-based message system groups messages into conversations, and orders messages within a conversation according to the context in which they were written. The message context relation leads to an efficient implementation of conversations in a distributed environment and supports a natural ordering of messages when viewed by the user. Experience with a prototype demonstrates the workability of conversation-based mail and suggests that conversations provide a powerful tool for message communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-319
Number of pages21
JournalACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 1986


  • Conversation
  • message context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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