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eCAT has a complete messaging system. You can access this by clicking Notifications in the main menu at the top of the page. This shows you the list of all your notifications in the system. There are two types of notifications in eCAT - Tasks and Messages. You can find out more about Tasks by clicking here. This document describes messages.

All notifications

All notifications

Messages are simple - they are just like email internal to eCAT. You specify a list of users, a subject and a message. The message will be sent to all the users, and a copy will be stored in your Sent Items folder.

To display just your messages, click on "View Messages" under Inbox in the left hand menu. To display both notification types again click on "View All".

Showing just message notifications

Showing just message notifications

When you are viewing a list of messages you can use the selection criteria at the top of the list to select a subset of the messages - all, none, messages you have read, messages you have not read. You can then use the actions beneath the filters to mark selected messages as read, or to delete the messages.

You can also click on the message name itself to actually view the message content.

A message

A message

To create a new message, click on "Create Message". The following screen is shown.

Editing a message

Editing a message

To enter a list of users to send the message to, start typing the username of the target user in the To box. Valid usernames will appear in the drop down list for selection. It is also possible to use the name of a group in which case the message will be sent to every user in the group.

After you have entered the message and subject, hit Send to send the message. If you do not want to send the message, then click Delete.

Whenever you have new notifications, a task or message, the notifications menu tab at the top of each eCAT page is highlighted with the number of new notifications to read.

Notification alert

Notification alert