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Association Deletion of Files to Inbasket Entries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110717D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, DK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Often users are working at the operating system interface, e.g., the DOS prompts. Many times files stored on disk have associations with memos or messages stored in the user inbasket. Often times the associated files become deleted, but their references remain in the inbasket. Current art requires the user to constantly switch references from inbaskets to operating systems commands. Users desire a mechanism by which deletion to references on disk will automatically mark inbasket entries for deletion or automatically perform the deletion process within the inbasket. Described here is a method by which deletion of a file on disk can mark associated inbasket entries. A registration service allows a user to designate which files on disk should be associated with particular inbasket entries.

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Association Deletion of Files to Inbasket Entries

      Often users are working at the operating system interface,
e.g., the DOS prompts.  Many times files stored on disk have
associations with memos or messages stored in the user inbasket.
Often times the associated files become deleted, but their references
remain in the inbasket.  Current art requires the user to constantly
switch references from inbaskets to operating systems commands.
Users desire a mechanism by which deletion to references on disk will
automatically mark inbasket entries for deletion or automatically
perform the deletion process within the inbasket.  Described here is
a method by which deletion of a file on disk can mark associated
inbasket entries.  A registration service allows a user to designate
which files on disk should be associated with particular inbasket
entries.  For example, an inbasket entry may reference a spreadsheet
or multi-media image on disk.  The invention employs a Deletion
Association Table that allows a monitor service to detect delete
commands on disk.  Upon detecting the specified file a comparison
with entries in the Association Table verifies if an action will
occur.  Files which have corresponding inbasket entries become marked
for deletion within the inbasket.  A user profile can permit
automatic deletion to occur without the user's assistance.

      Network communications established with the inbasket service
allows the monitoring service to update entri...