How to add a process to an specific operating system action - i.e. when a date file is saved to hard disk
Posted on 2006-06-01
I'm looking for a way to add a process to a specific operating system action.
When a data file is created, it is written to the hard drive on our Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Standard. Before it is written to the hard drive, I want have an additional task performed. Example: User saves a new word processing document, I want the operating system to display a screen asking the user to provide some information (which I will store in a database) about the document - security clearance, how long to retain, keywords, etc. - then save the data file on the hard drive.
If it is not possible to do this at the OS level, then can it be done at the application level - Word, Adobe Professional, etc.?
My ultimate goal - make it easier for content to be properly tagged and categorized as it's created, making the process natural and easy. As opposed to the current situation - "OK user put you're stuff wherever - it doesn't really matter, we hope our expensive, slow and not intuitive search tool will find it.". However, even the best search tools often don't pull up the content that you really want, especially if the search terms are broad or keywords are not contained in the document [example: this document is part of project Q12345].