Delete a Document and All of the Documents Stapled to it
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Disclosed is a method to delete a document and all of the documents stapled to it. The staple relationship logically ties two otherwise discrete, independently defined documents together. This relationship is a one-to-one relation where the attaching document can be referred to as the "stapler" and the receiving document can be referred to as the "staplee". A "staplee" can have more than one "stapler". When an authorized user decides to delete a "staplee" document from the library, another parallel decision must also be made regarding the usefulness of the document's "staplers". In some instances, the user will want to keep the "staplers" as useful, independently valuable documents. In other instances, the user will want to delete the "staplers" along with the "staplee".