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Method & System to manage file Nicknames Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124404D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 174K

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It is often desirable with file names corresponding to plain text that multiple versions of a file name be used, for instance according to the mother tongue of the user. From a more general perspective, it is desirable that a given file be associated with a plurality of nicknames, and that the user can assign one of these nicknames as being the current file name. The solution to this problem consists in defining a plurality of nicknames to a file, in visualizing the defined nicknames, and in assigning one of these nicknames as the file name.

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Method & System to manage file Nicknames


Since the availability of the Windows 98 operating system, the microcomputer users have enjoyed to get rid of the constraining file name format "NNNNNNNN.TTT" which were only allowing the use of up to 8 characters as a file name and up to 3 characters as the file type. This means that the end users can now assign easy-to-understand names to files, and even more can use plain text for naming a file. For instance a file can be named as "Networking Sales Forecast January 2005.xls". In international or even global companies, such a file name is very meaningful, as long as the user speaks English, but does not mean anything for users who do not master the English language. Indeed a French speaking employee of the same company would have named the same file as "Prévision des Ventes Réseau Janvier 2005.xls". So it would be desirable that this same file be known under the two aforementioned names, depending on the mother tongue of the user. In the rest of this document, these different names assigned to a file will be referred to as "nicknames".

Principle of the solution The proposed solution for solving the afore mentioned problem is based on the following principles:
1. For each file belonging to a given file directory, a plurality of nicknames can be defined, for describing, according to our example, the content of the file under different languages. These nicknames are defined as properties of the file, under names defined in the specification of the parent directory, as shown in the figure 1 below.
2. The number and the names of the nicknames associated with a given file are defined as part of the properties of the parent directory to which the file belongs. The first name given to the file corresponds to the value of the first nickname defined at the time of file creation. Other nicknames can be then specified, by using the file property windows, as shown in figure 1.
3. For directories, on top of the properties previously introduced (which may be present or absent, depending of the parent directory definition), some additional properties are defined to specify the number and nature of the nicknames defined for the files belonging to this directory. These additional properties are defined with the rese...