Message handling systems: state of the art and future directions : proceedings of the IFIP TC 6/WG 6.5 Working Conference on Message Handling Systems, Munich, F.R.G., 27-29 April 1987

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North-Holland, 1988 - Computers - 463 pages
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The aim of this conference was to present a state-of-the-art picture in the area of message handling systems and to provide a forum for presenting and discussing future directions in research and development in this area. In recent years message handling has developed rapidly for various reasons. One is that the growth of national and international networks has stimulated experimentation with the introduction of new distributed applications, of which message handling is a prominent and perhaps the most important one. Another reason is that a basic standard for distributed messaging, the CCITI X.400 series of recommendations, provided a solid foundational framework, not only for related development of products and services in the industrial domain but also for research into new concepts to integrate more powerful and sophisticated message related features into distributed interworking. A third reason is that the remarkable progress in ``personal computing'' equipment in terms of capabilities and also with respect to cost reduction stimulated the use of computer-based methods for human communications. At this conference two main types of reports and discussions could be identified. On the one hand there were the issues of interworking between X.400 systems, their interconnection and interworking with existing non-X.400 systems and related problems (e.g. naming, addressing), directory issues and X.400 conformance testing. On the other hand, a larger set of reports addressed group communication with its various aspects of modelling concepts, storage and retrieval facilities and office procedures. Another feature of the workshop was that a number of parallel workshops were conducted to discuss state of the art and possible future activities, their summary reports being found in this volume.

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