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NAME
       answer -	phone message transcription system

SYNOPSIS
       answer [	-pu ]

DESCRIPTION
       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 mes-
       sage machines and quickly and easily transcribe the messages into elec-
       tronic 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.

       Options are:

	 -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 the

	    Message to:

       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.

AUTHOR
       Elm Development Group

SEE ALSO
       The Elm Alias System Users Guide

       newalias(1L), checkalias(1L), mail(1), mailx(1),	frm(1L), printmail(1L)

FILES
       $HOME/.elm/aliases.text	     individual	alias source
       $HOME/.elm/aliases.dir	     individual	alias dbz directory table
       $HOME/.elm/aliases.pag	     individual	alias dbz hash table
       $HOME/.elm/aliases	     individual	alias data table
       /tmp/snd.$$		     edit buffer for outgoing mail

BUG REPORTS TO
       Bill Pemberton  flash@virginia.edu

COPYRIGHTS
       Copyright 1988-1995 by The USENET Community Trust
       Derived from Elm	2.0,  Copyright	1986, 1987 by Dave Taylor

USENET Community Trust		Elm Version 2.5			    ANSWER(1L)

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