Patent Number: 7,086,000

Title: Tagging related files in a document management system

Abstract: A document management system is provided which organizes, stores and retrieves documents according to properties attached to the documents. Applications which function based on hierarchical path names communicate to the document management system through a translator. A tag is inserted into the path of a document to identify the document and represent a dynamic collection. The same tag is inserted into the path of files which support the document so that the supporting files are related to the document by the path tag. In this manner, the document management system identifies and locates all documents which are related to each other based on the tag. Thus, an application is provided with all related files even though the application may not know where the files are actually stored or retrieved from.

Inventors: LaMarca; Anthony G. (Redwood City, CA), Dourish; James P. (San Francisco, CA), Edwards; Warren K. (San Francisco, CA), Salisbury; Michael P. (Mountain View, CA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018