Framework and Functions of the "MS" Personal Message System

by David Crocker

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Describes the design, framework, and functions of a system that enables the manipulation of electronic mail, or messages, for users of PDP-11 minicomputers. In the past, electronic mail was available only to users of larger scale computers. The “MS” Personal Message System transfers the capabilities of electronic mail technology to the Unix operating system, which runs on the DEC PDP-11 hardware. It consists of several pieces of software to compose, transmit, receive, review, and manipulate messages. The system attempts to provide functions which conform to users’ pre-existing models of paper-based office communications. This report is not a user’s manual, but rather a discussion of the functions available, and the issues involved in designing message-processing systems.

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