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Relational Deletion of Cross Referenced Entries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105885D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Many times within a mail application a user wishes to delete a mail item. Very often the item may have related cross references or obsolete references associated with the entry. Since a user wishes to delete the item, the user may also wish to delete other items which are cross-referenced by the soon-to-be-deleted item. For the purpose of this invention the original item requested to be deleted will be called the subject entry. Documents which are referenced documents (obsolete and/or cross-referenced) will be called associated entries.

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Relational Deletion of Cross Referenced Entries

      Many times within a mail application a user wishes to delete a
mail item.  Very often the item may have related cross references or
obsolete references associated with the entry.  Since a user wishes
to delete the item, the user may also wish to delete other items
which are cross-referenced by the soon-to-be-deleted item.  For the
purpose of this invention the original item requested to be deleted
will be called the subject entry.  Documents which are referenced
documents (obsolete and/or cross-referenced) will be called
associated entries.

      A user may wish to delete the subject entry and all associated
entries.  Furthermore, the associated entries may have
cross-references that the user may also wish to delete.  (This is
merely the case of cross-referenced documents which have
cross-referenced documents which have cross-referenced documents,
etc.)  A user may wish the capability of deleting this entire
relationship of associated entries.  Prior systems do allow users to
specify criteria for deletion, however, these systems have failed to
address the specific attributes of cross-referenced documents, e.g.,
delete this document and it's cross references, and its cross,
references, but avoid deleting PRIVATE on the second scope of cross
references.

      This mechanism allows a user, upon deleting an entry, to
request the deletion of associated entries.  More specifically, since
users may not be privy to all associated documen...