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Delete a Document and All of the Documents Stapled to it

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038084D
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 delete 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 delete a "staplee" document from the library, another parallel decision must also be made regarding the usefulness of the document's "staplers". In some instances, the user will want to keep the "staplers" as useful, independently valuable documents. In other instances, the user will want to delete the "staplers" along with the "staplee".

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Delete a Document and All of the Documents Stapled to it

Disclosed is a method to delete 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 delete a "staplee" document from the library, another parallel decision must also be made regarding the usefulness of the document's "staplers". In some instances, the user will want to keep the "staplers" as useful, independently valuable documents. In other instances, the user will want to delete the "staplers" along with the "staplee".

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

Access the list of "staplers" attached to the "staplee" document to be deleted
FOR each "stapler" DO IF the "stapler-option" is set to delete all associated

"staplers" and the user has the proper authority to delete this "stapler" THEN Delete the "stapler"

ELSE

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