Method and system for making document objects available to users of a network

  • US 7,111,232 B1
  • Filed: 03/06/2002
  • Issued: 09/19/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/07/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system for publishing a document object to users of a network, wherein the document object is not previously available to users of the network, the system comprising:

  • means for accessing a first document object;

    means for creating link relationships between document objects, wherein, when instructed, in response to accessing the first document object, the means for creating link relationships creates a link relationship between the first document object and a second document object, wherein the second document object is not previously available to users of the network and the link relationships identifies the first document object, the second document object, and one or more link relationship attributes describing relationships between the first document object and the second document object, and the link relationships are separate from the first document object and the second document object;

    a directory that stores the link relationships;

    means for distributing the link relationships to the users of the network, wherein the distributing means presents references based on the link relationships; and

    means for enabling the users of the network to use the link relationships to retrieve the document objects not previously available on the network.

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