Self-contained document management based on document properties

  • US 6,324,551 B1
  • Filed: 08/31/1998
  • Issued: 11/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a non-hierarchical document management system having a document stored at a first location by a first user, a method of transferring the document to a second location comprising the steps of:

  • forming the document to include a content and a document reference being distinguishable from each other, the document reference maintaining properties attachable by a user which include static properties describing characteristics of the content and active properties controlling behaviors of the content;

    attaching an active property to the document reference which is associated to the document, the active property including executable code for interpreting and manipulating the content of the document; and

    , transferring the document to a second location, the transferring automatically including the association between the content and the properties of the document such that, upon a triggering event and without use of an external application, the active property associated to the document executes the executable code which interprets and manipulates the content of the document into a format such that the content is accessible at the second location.

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