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Method for Cross-Service Predicate Print Mechanism Conditions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104997D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Recent articles describe methods for which a user can search a calendar using specific search criteria to find a particular calendar event. For example, list all calendar entries that have my manager name listed as an attendee. In addition, current mail systems allow users to specify search conditions to find particular documents listed within the inbasket.

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Method for Cross-Service Predicate Print Mechanism Conditions

      Recent articles describe methods for which a user can search a
calendar using specific search criteria to find a particular calendar
event.  For example, list all calendar entries that have my manager
name listed as an attendee.  In addition, current mail systems allow
users to specify search conditions to find particular documents
listed within the inbasket.

      Often, the user needs a print out of all references pertaining
to a particular subject matter.  This user may need to print
references to the subject matter which occurs within multiple
components of an office application.  For example, consider the case
where a user needs to print out meeting notices AND mail items
pertaining to the meeting.  Current systems require the user to issue
a print request to the calendar service to print the meeting notice
and then enter their mail application to issue a print request to
print the appropriate inbasket items relating to the same subject
matter.  Users desire a method by which a single print request can be
generated and understood by multiple components simultaneously.  A
method is desired whereby a print request can be generated across
components with a predicate condition that can be understood by both
calendar and library services.

      This article addresses a methodology for predicate print
conditions being simultaneously generated for differing components
within an office application.  Upon a user requesting a cross-service
print criteria, a Predicate Cross-Component Correlation Service
performs a boolean search operation on the inbasket's database,
calendar's database, file cabinet's database and any other service
that was requested within the print criteria.  The search criteria is
divided into separate commands.  Each command is generated and
formatted according to the individual services native format, i.e.,
calendar requests are formatted according to the calendar's search
format and inbasket search commands are formatted according to the
inbasket's search commands.  Conditions can be specified for which an
object should be excluded from the retrieval process.  Parametric
searches are derived based on information outside the scope of the
content itself.  For example, the subject, sensitivity level, or
addressee information.  In addition, a search criteria across
differing services need not be based on the same type of sear...