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Delete a Document and the Documents Stapled to it in Context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038085D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

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 within the context of an application or a folder. 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". The context defined for the staple relationship can be a named application or a folder. When the staple relationship is defined within a context, the relationship is logically limited to that context. For example, if the staple relationship is defined within the context of a folder, then the user will see the staple relationship when dealing with that folder.

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Delete a Document and the Documents Stapled to it in Context

Disclosed is a method to delete a document and all of the documents stapled to it within the context of an application or a folder. 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". The context defined for the staple relationship can be a named application or a folder. When the staple relationship is defined within a context, the relationship is logically limited to that context. For example, if the staple relationship is defined within the context of a folder, then the user will see the staple relationship when dealing with that folder. The user can staple "Note A" to a document when the document is viewed in "Folder 1",and staple "Note B" to the document when the document is viewed in "Folder 2". Similarly, the user can define a staple relationship within the context of an application. For example, the "stapler" might contain data extracted from the document by the application. Typically, this data is only relevant within the context of that application. 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". When staple ...