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Function and User Interface to a Staple Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034546D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heyen, JG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The technique described provides an architected approach for attaching (stapling) object(s) to another object as it is saved or sent, and an architected approach for viewing or working with the stapled object. The result is an additional function for the user as well as consistency in function and user interface across multiple applications. In current computing systems, the system may provide a means to attach text to a text document. However, current systems do not allow the user to attach dissimilar objects (e.g., a text note and a COBOL program) and to work with the attached objects either as a unit or as separate objects. This technique provides the following: 0 A means for the user, while filing or sending an object, to attach other object(s).

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Function and User Interface to a Staple Function

The technique described provides an architected approach for attaching (stapling) object(s) to another object as it is saved or sent, and an architected approach for viewing or working with the stapled object. The result is an additional function for the user as well as consistency in function and user interface across multiple applications. In current computing systems, the system may provide a means to attach text to a text document. However, current systems do not allow the user to attach dissimilar objects (e.g., a text note and a COBOL program) and to work with the attached objects either as a unit or as separate objects. This technique provides the following: 0 A means for the user, while filing or sending an object, to attach other object(s). 0 A means for the user, while viewing the stapled object, to look at or work with the components as a unit, or

as separate items. 0 A means for the user to file selectively one or more of the stapled items. After the user makes a request to send or file an object, he is allowed to modify the default parameters associated with the send or file action. One of these parameters indicates whether the user wishes to attach another object to the object being sent or filed. If the user sets the value of that parameter to "yes", then the system presents a panel on which the user may indicate the name of the object which he wishes attached to the object being sent or filed. If the user does not know the name of the object to be attached, he may request the system to provide a list of objects. After viewing a stapled object, the user may choose the delete action from the action bar, then choose "delete a s...