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Search for Documents that are Stapled to Another Document within the Specified Context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038094D
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 search for documents which are stapled to other documents within the context of a folder or an application. 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 "stapler" document may be stapled to many other "staplee" 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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Search for Documents that are Stapled to Another Document within the Specified Context

Disclosed is a method to search for documents which are stapled to other documents within the context of a folder or an application. 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 "stapler" document may be stapled to many other "staplee" 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. A user may wish to know which documents are stapled to other documents within a specified context.

The method described in this disclosure enables a user to search for "stapler" documents that are attached to the "staplee" document within a part...