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Searching for Documents That Do Not Have a Standalone View

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036608D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described to search for documents that is limited to finding documents that are viewed only within the context of a folder that meets the search criteria. Other documents are eliminated from the search, so the searching is more efficient. 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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Searching for Documents That Do Not Have a Standalone View

A method is described to search for documents that is limited to finding documents that are viewed only within the context of a folder that meets the search criteria. Other documents are eliminated from the search, so the searching is more efficient. A folder of information can be thought of as a collection of information similar to a folder in a filing cabinet.

Each folder can be thought of as a logical organization of documents. Each document within the folder can be "viewed" as a piece of a larger organization. A particular document can occur in more than one folder. Such a document can be thought of as having multiple views. Similarly, a document not contained within a folder has a standalone "view". The folder-only attribute is used to indicate whether or not a document that is also contained within a folder has a standalone "view". When the folder-only attribute is "on", the document does not have a standalone "view". This is similar to today's office environment in which a person will either find a document in the folder or find the document absent from the folder. In a data repository environment, a document can have many views. Therefore, in the electronic world a document can be in multiple folders and viewed as a standalone document at the same time. This concept allows a user to construct multiple hierarchical organizations of documents. That is, a document can appear at the "root level of all documents in the library and can appear in the lower levels of a folder. Alternatively, the document can appear in the lower levels of a folder and not appear at the "root level".

In accordance with the new method, a protocol is provided for a set of applications to request and perform a search limited to finding documents that are folder-only documents. The library requestor...