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Method for Indicating a Calendar Entry which Deletes a Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104744D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Often future events can determine the necessity of retaining a document. For example, a proposal document may no longer be considered valid upon acceptance of an alternative proposal. After the acceptance of an alternative proposal, the corporation may no longer need to retain the particular document. Deletion of expired documents is especially desirable when massive amounts of storage are occupied by these documents. Current electronic calendars can register future events, but provide no mechanism for the association of particular documents to an entry.

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Method for Indicating a Calendar Entry which Deletes a Document

      Often future events can determine the necessity of retaining a
document.  For example, a proposal document may no longer be
considered valid upon acceptance of an alternative proposal.  After
the acceptance of an alternative proposal, the corporation may no
longer need to retain the particular document.  Deletion of expired
documents is especially desirable when massive amounts of storage are
occupied by these documents.  Current electronic calendars can
register future events, but provide no mechanism for the association
of particular documents to an entry.

      This article describes a method by which calendar events can
automatically be associated with the deletion of particular
documents.  A Registration Service allows users to associate
particular documents with specified calendar events.  Users can
specify which document(s) should be deleted from the user's storage
repository, such as a VM disk or a personal computer's hard drive
upon a specified event having transpired.  Note that the association
is between the calendar event and not the time of the calendar event.
This allows for events to be rearranged within a calendar without the
user worrying about changing dates.  This is particularly useful for
corporations that, periodically, slip schedules.  Thus, it is not
necessary to define time slots for these entries.  Each event has an
identifier that uniquely identifies the event with the calendar
network.  Us...