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Method for Retrieving Previously Managed Documents by Content Search Criteria

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111879D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a search service capable of automatically producing a previously browsed/edited document upon user specification of some search criteria. A user may have spent time browsing and/or editing many documents over time. It may be a difficult task for the user to navigate back to a previously browsed/edited document. The user often remembers something about the document content which is the reason for wanting to go back to it. A method is needed for automatically returning to a document which was previously edited or browsed.

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Method for Retrieving Previously Managed Documents by Content Search
Criteria

      Provided is a search service capable of automatically producing
a previously browsed/edited document upon user specification of some
search criteria.  A user may have spent time browsing and/or editing
many documents over time.  It may be a difficult task for the user to
navigate back to a previously browsed/edited document.  The user
often remembers something about the document content which is the
reason for wanting to go back to it.  A method is needed for
automatically returning to a document which was previously edited or
browsed.

      This search service may be coupled to an editor.  Upon
invocation of the present article function, the user specifies search
criteria which is contained in the sought document.  Upon validated
entry of said criteria, all historically edited/browsed (since the
last invocation of the current editor or application) documents are
searched for the criteria.  In a multitasking environment, as soon as
one candidate is found, it is presented to the user as though the
file were manually brought into the current application (e.g.
editor).  The search process continues in an asynchronous thread.  As
soon as the user is completed with the current file, any other
candidates are presented one at a time.  An alternative embodiment
will bring all documents into the application such as an editor and
the user will exit out of all as though each were bro...