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Audit Trail/History for a Stapled Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038089D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to track the staple attachments to a particular document. 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". Authorized users may need to know when a document was stapled to the "staplee", who requested the staple, on whose behalf was the staple done, and when was the staple removed.

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Audit Trail/History for a Stapled Document

Disclosed is a method to track the staple attachments to a particular document. 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". Authorized users may need to know when a document was stapled to the "staplee", who requested the staple, on whose behalf was the staple done, and when was the staple removed.

The method described in this article enables a user to keep track of the attachments when the user so desires. This method consists of adding a "staplee-history-option" or its logical equivalent to the library-request server protocol and document attributes. The server sets the "staplee-history-attribute" when the document is created. Authorized users can modify the attribute during the life of the "staplee". When an authorized user staples another document to the "staplee" with a "staplee-historyattribute" set on, the library- server updates the history data-area for the "staplee" with the appropriate data values.

The advantage of this method is to provide the user with a simple option to track the attachments of a particular "staplee" document. The information provided in the history data-area can be very valuable for a user trying to understand the context in which a staple relationship occurred...