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File a New Document with Document-Descriptors Copied from an Existing Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038107D
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 the library with document-descriptors copied from an existing document. A document in the library has many data areas associated with it such as content, descriptors, relationships and access criteria. A user may want to file a new document into the library with new content, relationships and access, but copy the descriptors from an existing document in the library.

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File a New Document with Document-Descriptors Copied from an Existing Document

Disclosed is a method to file a new document into the library with document- descriptors copied from an existing document. A document in the library has many data areas associated with it such as content, descriptors, relationships and access criteria. A user may want to file a new document into the library with new content, relationships and access, but copy the descriptors from an existing document in the library.

The method described in this publication enables a user to file a new document with new data and descriptors copied from another document. The method consists of adding a library-reference to the copied document and a list of data areas including a document-descriptor data area to be copied from the referenced document. The library-server processes the file-request as follows:

IF the document descriptor of the new document is to be copied from an existing document THEN Copy the document-descriptors

Set the system values (such as file date and time) as appropriate
END IF
File the new document

The advantage of this method is to provide the user with a simple method to copy the document descriptors from another document while allowing other data to be new. This capability can be particularly useful in managing the library in an efficient, secure manner.

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