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ONE CLICK CALENDAR MANAGEMENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004725D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Apr-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 17K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Srinivas Miriyala: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Hardly a day goes by without using an E-mail and Calendar Scheduler program. People are increasingly using these tools to manage their lives. The popularity of wireless email in small devices (PDAs) will increase the need to integrate E-mail and Scheduler functions. This paper discusses a mechanism that enhances the usefulness of these tools.

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ONE CLICK CALENDAR MANAGEMENT

by Srinivas Miriyala and Jheroen Dorenbosch

INTRODUCTION

Hardly a day goes by without using an E-mail and Calendar Scheduler program. People are increasingly using these tools to manage their lives. The popularity of wireless email in small devices (PDAs) will increase the need to integrate E-mail and Scheduler functions. This paper discusses a mechanism that enhances the usefulness of these tools.

INDUSTRY TREND

A product's user interface plays an important role in a user's decision to purchase. People are demanding an easy to use interface where the functionality can be achieved with few clicks in single window. The success of Palm products is a prime example of this.

EMAIL-SCHEDULER INTERACTION

The following flow chart shows how a typical person may use an E-mail and Calendar tool.

E-MAIL AND CALENDAR INTEGRATION

The proposed system makes use of different technologies that are available today to provide a better integration of E-mail and scheduling programs such as Calendar. The system is composed of several modules:

CONTROL MODULE

This is an interface component (button, menu item or some other user interface component) that will be used to mark the E-mail as an item to be scheduled.

SCANNING MODULE

This module is responsible to scan the content of the E-mail to determine the date and time.

If no date and time is found in the E-mail, it will prompt the user to specify the date and time of the scheduled event.

SCHEDULER INTERFACE MODULE

This module is responsible for communicating with the scheduling program (Calendar).

The steps below show the interaction between E-mail and Scheduler

The user reads an E-mail.

The user opts to schedule the item described in the E-mail.

The user selects the scheduler control provided in the same screen (E-mail).

The scheduler interface will insert an item in the Scheduler program. (The description of the event can be same as description of E-mail or some portion of the E-mail text).

A link that points back to the original E-mail will also be provided to the Scheduler.

The Scheduler program inserts the link for the user to access the E-mail.

At the time of the event the scheduler notifies the user. Optionally user can select to view the related E-mail using the link that points back to the original E-mail.

There is no need for the user to access several screens or applications to schedule an E-mail item or view the complete E-mail at the time of notification.

VARIATIONS

Several variations can further enhance this system.

The scanning module can suggest the description and location (from the content of the E-mail). The user will have a chance to make any needed modifications.

The scanning module automatically scans all the incoming E-mail and notifies the user about the even...