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Mechanism for User Viewing State Library Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105348D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of folder constructs within the office environment users have the ability to view partial segments of a document. Thus, a user can view particular documents of a folder. Often, a user is not aware of key words within a folder document. This can make it difficult for users to conduct searches using a library service. Oftentimes the user will remember seeing a particular word or phrase, but can't remember which document or folder construct contained the word. The user lacks a practical method for using "previously-seen-before" information as part of the search criteria. This capability is especially useful when the library contains folder constructs. A user can literally spend hours scanning through library documents searching for a document where they know they have previously seen the desired information.

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Mechanism for

User

Viewing

State

Library Service

      With the advent of folder constructs within the office
environment users have the ability to view partial segments of a
document.  Thus, a user can view particular documents of a folder.
Often, a user is not aware of key words within a folder document.
This can make it difficult for users to conduct searches using a
library service.  Oftentimes the user will remember seeing a
particular word or phrase, but can't remember which document or
folder construct contained the word.  The user lacks a practical
method for using "previously-seen-before" information as part of the
search criteria.  This capability is especially useful when the
library contains folder constructs.  A user can literally spend hours
scanning through library documents searching for a document where
they know they have previously seen the desired information.

      This article describes a mechanism that maintains a viewing
state on a user's personal library documents.  It allows the user to
be presented with a list of documents and segments of folders for
which the user has not previously seen.  The mechanism employs a
viewing state attribute associated with each document within the
library service.  Upon a user viewing the document, e.g., invoking an
editor, the invention compares the user's logon identity to that of
the document owner.  If the document owner is different from the user
performing the viewing then the viewing attribute acquires a FALSE
value.  This is an indication that it was not the owner that viewed
the document, thus the owner has not viewed the document.

      When accessing a document within the library, the mechani...