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Improved User Interface to an Expandable Containment System (ECS) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014751D
Original Publication Date: 2001-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Disclosed is a technique called an Expandable Containment System (ECS) that can represent a variable number of documents that are related to each other as one single "logical document". A parent/child hierarchy is set up for the logical document where the parent document contains the children documents. The logical document behaves like an ordinary document when it comes to document functions such as saving and printing. A logical document is made up of one or more documents in a database. Each document in the logical document can have its own type. In other words, the documents contained by the parent can be of different form type (or design). Additionally, there can be more than one instance of a given form type in a logical document. Tying these two characteristics together, an Incident Report (the parent) can contain one or more Witness documents (children of type Witness), one or more Vehicle documents (children of type Vehicle), and so on. The logical document is made up of a variable number of documents as well as a dynamic number of document types. The following figure shows an example of a logical document with three different children form types. Logical Document Parent Document