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Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


An automatic virtual expert filing system is disclosed which expands the Xerox Globalview@ desktop by providing a "literal" representation of information that extends beyond the metaphoric desktop representation. The disclosed filing system integrates and cross-references an electronic filing system, a structured query system and a hardcopy filing system. The disclosed filing system is represented using a screen function (or icon) that is similar to the Xerox Globalview* "file drawer". In addition to containing "file drawer" metaphoric elements such as documents, mail notes, books, folders, canvases, etc. that can be stored in a representative icon, the system includes an expert filing agent that arranges elements within the icon in a logical and efficient manner for non-electronic filing systems. For example, the filing agent may be adapted to support a system requiring hardcopy document filing. The screen function for the filing agent can be represented using the Globalview@ -filedrawer" iconic appearance that has a property sheet defining the properties of a particular filedrawer (such as name, service, owner, access rights, etc.) The iconic representation of the agent, however, can distinguish itself from the "filedrawer" icon by having file cabinet drawers that are open for example.