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Object copies stored in a library are linked and automatically maintained in order to reduce manual tracking and maintenance of multiple objects as change takes place over time.
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Automated Maintenance of Object Copies in a Library
Object copies stored in a library are linked and automatically maintained in
order to reduce manual tracking and maintenance of multiple objects as change
takes place over time.
The technique allows the user to store a copy of an object in multiple
locations and to automatically track the location of each copy. As changes take
place to the original object or one of the copies, the user is advised of the
existence of other copies and prompted for whether the changes should be
applied to one or more of the other copies. The user is also allowed the
capability of breaking the existing linkage.
The advantages to the technique are a more usable system in that the user is
automatically supported in the types of tasks where multiple copies of an object
are required. The technique also saves the user time, keystrokes, and errors of
omission in performing the tasks. The technique can be applied consistently
across different applications and computer systems.