Retrieve a Document with or without 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 retrieve a document with or without all of the documents attached 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 particular "staplee" document may be stapled by many other "stapler" documents at the same time. When an authorized user wishes to retrieve a document, the user must make a decision. In some cases, the user will want to retrieve a document by itself. In other cases, the user will want to retrieve a document with all of the documents stapled to it.