Search for Documents that Either are or are not Stapled to Another Document
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Disclosed is a method to search for documents based on whether or not they are stapled to other documents. 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 user may wish to know which documents in the library have other documents stapled by them. Conversely, a user may wish to know which documents in the library do not have other documents stapled by them.