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Enabling Contextual Data Search for an Entire Folder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036588D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described which enables contextual data searching for an entire folder. A folder of information can be thought of as a collection of information similar to a folder in a filing cabinet.

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Enabling Contextual Data Search for an Entire Folder

A method is described which enables contextual data searching for an entire folder. A folder of information can be thought of as a collection of information similar to a folder in a filing cabinet.

In accordance with the new method, a protocol is provided for a set of applications to allow the applications to request and perform the extraction of data from all of the documents in a folder as follows:

The library request application builds an extract request that includes the following information: A reference to the folder document. The EXTRACT command includes an IDENTIFIED-DATA operand with a unique pointer to the folder document in the library.

An indicator specifying that the extract request is for the entire folder. The EXTRACT command includes a FOLDER-DOCUMENT-OPTION operand that indicates the entire folder is to be extracted.

The name of the extract program or procedure. The EXTRACT command includes a PROCESS operand that is used to specify the extract procedure to be invoked.

The parameters and options of the extract program or procedure. The EXTRACT command includes a PROCESS-PARAMETERS operand that is used to specify the extract procedure parameters and options.

A password associated with the extract procedure. The EXTRACT command includes a PROCESS-PASSWORD operand that is used to specify the extract procedure password.

The name of the contextual-data repository which will contain the results of the...