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File and Staple a New Document to One or More Documents Already Filed

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038103D
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 file a new document into a library and staple it to one or more documents that already exist in the library. 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 "stapler" may be attached to a set of "staplees". A "staplee" may be attached by a set of "staplers". A user may wish to add a new document to the library and at the same time staple it to one or more existing documents.

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File and Staple a New Document to One or More Documents Already Filed

Disclosed is a method to file a new document into a library and staple it to one or more documents that already exist in the library. 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 "stapler" may be attached to a set of "staplees". A "staplee" may be attached by a set of "staplers". A user may wish to add a new document to the library and at the same time staple it to one or more existing documents.

The method described in this disclosure enables a user to file a new document and to attach it to one or more "staplees" with one request. The file- request includes a set of library- identifier parameters for each "staplee" and the "stapler" involved. The request includes a list of "staplees" to be stapled. The library-server processes the file-request as follows:

File the new "stapler" document into the library

FOR each "staplee" specified with this "stapler" DO IF the user has the proper authority to attach this "stapler"

THEN attach this "stapler" document to this "staplee"

END IF

END FOR

The advantage of this method is to provide the user with a simple method to file a new document and to attach it to one or more "staplee" documents. This capability can be particularl...