answer - phone message transcription system
answer [ -pu ]
Answer is a part of the Elm mail system and is designed for
secretaries and the like to allow them to answer phones
and|or listen to phone message machines and quickly and
easily transcribe the messages into electronic mail.
The program will use standard mail addresses or aliases
included in the standard .elm directory alias files. It can
also use its own alias set (usually a subset of the system
aliases, with more fields per user (i.e. unique first names,
unique last names, first-initial last name, and so on)).
Note that if you want to use this capability, it means that
you must create this alias set and then install it, using
newalias, as a separate alias table for the account this
program is to be run from.
-p Prompt for phone slip type message fields.
-u Allow names that are not in the alias table.
Without this option all names must be resolvable
as aliases and answer will reprompt for a new name
if the alias cannot be resolved.
Interface-wise, the program is a breeze to use - type
'answer' to start it up and then merely type a user name at
prompt, fill in the requested information (simply type an
"x" next to the pertinent information - "TELEPHONED",
"PLEASE CALL", "URGENT", etc. if the -p option was given),
and then enter a message, if any, ending with a blank line.
If you elect to use the special alias file, names can be
entered as 'Firstname Lastname' and the system will try to
find a mail alias based on the first letter of the first
name plus the last name. For example, 'Dave Taylor' will
cause the program to search for an alias 'd_taylor' in the
file (note the transliteration into lower case). The
program will loop until killed or quit.
Answer can be easily exited by typing any of 'quit', 'exit'
'done', or 'bye' at the 'Message to:' prompt.
Elm Development Group
The Elm Alias System Users Guide
newalias(1L), checkalias(1L), mail(1), mailx(1), from(1L),
$HOME/.elm/aliases.text individual alias source
$HOME/.elm/aliases.dir individual alias dbz directory
$HOME/.elm/aliases.pag individual alias dbz hash
$HOME/.elm/aliases individual alias data table
/tmp/snd.$$ edit buffer for outgoing mail
BUG REPORTS TO
Syd Weinstein elm@DSI.COM (dsinc!elm)
Copyright 1988-1992 by The USENET Community Trust
Derived from Elm 2.0, Copyright 1986, 1987 by Dave Taylor