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Distributing a Replaceable Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101414D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, G: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

An enterprise may wish to distribute a document to multiple recipients allowing all recipients to view and/or modify the one occurrence of the document. Modifications made to the document by one recipient would appear to all other recipients of the distribution. A mechanism is needed whereby a mail service could distribute and notify other services and recipients that the distributed document is to be processed as a single replaceable object. A mechanism is needed to permit multiple recipients of a distribution to view, modify or delete the same object and to have those changes appear to all recipients of the distribution.

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Distributing a Replaceable Document

       An enterprise may wish to distribute a document to
multiple recipients allowing all recipients to view and/or modify the
one occurrence of the document. Modifications made to the document by
one recipient would appear to all other recipients of the
distribution. A mechanism is needed whereby a mail service could
distribute and notify other services and recipients that the
distributed document is to be processed as a single replaceable
object. A mechanism is needed to permit multiple recipients of a
distribution to view, modify or delete the same object and to have
those changes appear to all recipients of the distribution.

      This invention provides a mechanism whereby an enterprise can
distribute an object to multiple recipients and permit each recipient
action upon the object to be manifested to all other recipients.
Current distributions in IBM's Document Interchange Architecture are
performed by the execution of the REQUEST-DISTRIBUTION command.  The
creation of a self-identifying operand on the REQUEST-DISTRIBUTION
command, which can identify that the receiving mail service should
file the distribution within a library as being a replaceable
document and to notify all recipients who reside at the receiving
mail services that the distribution is replaceable within a library,
permits enterprises to distribute an object to which all recipients
have the same perspective of the object, as the object undergoes
alterati...