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Change a Descriptor for an Entire Staple Package

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038083D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to change a descriptor for a document and all of the documents stapled to it. The staple relationship logically ties two otherwise discrete, independently defined documents together. This relationship is a one-to-one relation where the attaching document can be referred to as the "stapler" and the receiving document can be referred to as the "staplee". A "staplee" can have more than one "stapler". When an authorized user decides to change a descriptor for a "staplee" document, another parallel decision must also be made regarding the document's "staplers". In some instances, the user will want to change the descriptor in the "staplers". In other instances, the user will want to leave the descriptors for the "staplers" as is.

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Change a Descriptor for an Entire Staple Package

Disclosed is a method to change a descriptor for a document and all of the documents stapled to it. The staple relationship logically ties two otherwise discrete, independently defined documents together. This relationship is a one- to-one relation where the attaching document can be referred to as the "stapler" and the receiving document can be referred to as the "staplee". A "staplee" can have more than one "stapler". When an authorized user decides to change a descriptor for a "staplee" document, another parallel decision must also be made regarding the document's "staplers". In some instances, the user will want to change the descriptor in the "staplers". In other instances, the user will want to leave the descriptors for the "staplers" as is.

The method described in this disclosure enables a user to change a descriptor for a "staplee" document with or without changing that descriptor for all of the logically attached "stapler" documents that the user is authorized to change. This method consists of adding a "stapler-option" or its logical equivalent to the modify-descriptor- request library-server protocol. The library- server processes the modify request as follows:

IF the "stapler-option" is set THEN

Access the list of "staplers" attached to the "staplee" document to be modified FOR each "stapler" DO

IF the user has the authority to change the descriptor for

this "stapler"

THEN

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