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Retrieve a Document with Stapled Documents in a Specified Context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038092D
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 retrieve a document with all of the documents attached to it within a specified context. 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 particular "staplee" document may be stapled by many other "stapler" documents at the same time. 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.

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Retrieve a Document with Stapled Documents in a Specified Context

Disclosed is a method to retrieve a document with all of the documents attached to it within a specified context. 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 particular "staplee" document may be stapled by many other "stapler" documents at the same time. 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 retrieve 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 retrieve the "staplers" with the "staplee". In other instances, the user will not...