In the IUIE, how can I use mailing functions in a data extract?
In the IUIE, data extract screen titles denote the function being performed. Screens begin with one of the following prefixes:
- Email Functions
- Notification Email
- Mail Merge
Selecting the mailing function
In the Basic screen, a
Mailing button appears when a
datagroup's columns contain email addresses, and when a given IUIE
user is in the relevant security group.
Mailing, and from the Email Functions
screen, select a mailing function:
Notification Email: Send a form letter to each
email address in the query results.
- Mail Merge: Send a form letter with data merged from query results.
Click the button for the type of mailing you want to perform, or
Basic to return to the Basic screen.
Each data extract mailing screen is the Basic screen with additional information necessary for a given mailing function:
For "Notification Email", enter an email
message "Body", "Subject", and "From" field. You can replace the
default values in these fields, as well as those in the "ReplyTo" and
"Notify Upon Completion" fields.
- "Mail Merge" has the fields noted above for "Notification Email", as well as checkboxes to select columns for inclusion in result records.
Note: It is important to type the email message directly into the mailing request file. If you must compose the message outside of the IUIE, use a plain text editor. Avoid using either Word or WordPerfect, as they introduce invisible characters that Unix can't process; this will cause mailings to truncate or fail.
For both mailing functions, a set of radio buttons allows you to select which mail address column will be included in output records as the first column. You must choose one of the radio buttons.
For the Mail Merge function, as you select each
column, its technical name is added to the
listbox. Highlight an item in this box and click
Selection to add a reference to the value of that column to the
body of the request at the current cursor location. Click
Settings to save a common query combination.
For both mailing functions, the "Additional Criteria" field from the Advanced screen provides more control of the returned set of addresses or merge records.
Executing the mailing
To proceed with the mailing, click
Preview. You will see a
confirmation screen, and the system will send an email message to the
"Notify Upon Completion" address, a message similar to the one that
recipients will see. You will also receive an email message with a
link to the Completed Report. If the preview email message appears
satisfactory, to complete the mailing:
- Go to the Completed Report, either through the link in the email
message or through My Catalog.
- If desired, view the full list of recipients and email content.
- Send the email to the complete list by clicking
Note: Email is not delivered to all recipients until
Send Mail. Any entry in the Completed Reports
folder with an envelope icon has not yet been mailed.
Last modified on December 11, 2010.