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See a document without being able to read it?

I have a question relating to documents with reader name fields on them, and a particular requirement from our client. The system is a Domino Contact Management system.

Our client has requested to have a feature that allows users to see if a particular document exists, without actually viewing it. They still want the system security in place with reader name fields, but they want to somehow see the document title of a related document. This doesn't necessarily have to be displayed in a view, maybe as a separate page ( e.g. clicking on a "related documents" button ).

This seems like quite a tricky requirement, as there doesn't seem to be an easy way of circumventing the security this way. We have looked at scheduled agents generating reports, and Java servlets performing similar operations.


You are correct that normal use of Reader fields probably won't help here. If you are not in a Reader field, you do not see the document at all. If you are in the Reader field, then you can read the document.

How about using field-level encryption? You can remove Reader fields completely and put a reasonable Reader ACL on the database. The database ACL will allow everyone (whom you want) to see the view-level lists of all the documents. Within each document, the "subject" field is not encrypted, so it shows up in the view. The "body" field is encrypted, so that only certain people can really read the document contents.


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