- Simple Menu
- Advanced Menu
- On-line Help
- Full-screen Editor
- Binary Files
- Mail/Doc Filing
- Print Control Language
- Pop-up Directory
- SQL-like Search
Experienced MIS professionals will tell you: "No two users are alike."
While one person wants a system for its simplicity, the next wants it for its power
and sophistication. And there are others who will demand both!
One thing is certain: if Electronic Mail is to become a widely-used and (in some
companies) nearly universal technology, it must be simple enough to be embraced
by a wide range of users.
EMS addresses this need by providing two different access paths: a simple menu for
the first-time user, and an advanced menu for the E-mail sophisticate. Also, with
EMS' customization facilities, a systems administrator can create other menus
that offer an in-between mixture of features and functionality.
The Beginner Menu offers four basic mail functions: OPEN, REVIEW, DRAFT, and EXIT.
The average learning curve for first-time users on this menu is fifteen minutes.
The Advanced Menu contains additional capabilities in the area of personal productivity
and mail-enabled application development. From this menu, you can do personal and
group calendar management, log telephone messages, access directory services, manage
your own personal "action item" list, and access the advanced modules
of Report Distribution, Active E-Forms, and Gateway Services.
Menus can be customized to provide access to functions via PF-key usage, or through
numeric keys as an alternative.
Basic Mail System Features and Benefits
Naming and Addressing
Extensive thought has gone into EMS, making it easy for a new user to learn the
basics of messaging. Therefore, each user can sign-on by name, send by name, and
never bother with cryptic user IDs or special commands.
PF1 automatically brings up on-line help to provide user assistance. To streamline
access to information, users can jump through help sections by asking EMS to search
on a character text string.
Full Screen Text Editor
The Editor is designed specifically for the 3270 environment and includes four modes
- READ provides read-only access to messages
- EDIT provides ability to add, delete, move, copy, split, and re-flow lines
- INPUT provides automatic word-wrap so that users can engage in heads-down typing
- FORM provides entry into basic forms-processing
Messages, Documents, and Binary Files
EMS can transport all three types. Binary Files are sent as attachments with user
notification by cover sheet. Documents can be signed as approved or denied. Signed
documents become final-form text after signature so that they can only be modified
by the signatory.
Mail and Document Filing
Documents can be filed as final-form and modified through the addition of "paste-it
notes," which appear as pop-up windows attached to the appropriate section
of the document. RFT/DCA text is supported by the optional EdWord module.
EMS allows you to address any E-mail recipient by their regular name, or by a special
name assigned by you.
EMS provides a powerful dictionary/spell check containing the 80,000 word Proximity/Merriam
Webster Linguibase. You can store customized word lists particular to your own line
of business, and specialized medical and legal dictionaries are also available.
Text Print Control Language
EMS provides the capability to dynamically select the printer you want for output
so that messages can be automatically directed to the printer of your choice.
Pop-up Directory Assistance
Directory assistance is invoked automatically when an incorrect or partial name
is entered. The user can point-and-pick names off the directory list to specify
primary as well as cc: or bcc: recipients.
SQL-like Mail Select
The user can type the statement "select all messages where title contains 'sales'"
and EMS will sort and select those messages accordingly.