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Calendar Event Conflict Distinction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034540D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Melkus, LA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article will describe a way to distinguish between events that conflict with each other and events that appear to conflict, but in fact do not. Some electronic calendars today divide the day into time slots based on a time interval and show the daily events as covering one or more of these time slots. These calendars can only show a single event and its description even if more than one event occurs in a time slot. These calendars may or may not show when there is a conflict between two or more events. In those calendars that do show conflicts, they do not make a distinction between a real conflict (2 or more events occurring at the same time) and 2 or more events within the same time slot, but not in conflict with each other.

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Calendar Event Conflict Distinction

This article will describe a way to distinguish between events that conflict with each other and events that appear to conflict, but in fact do not. Some electronic calendars today divide the day into time slots based on a time interval and show the daily events as covering one or more of these time slots. These calendars can only show a single event and its description even if more than one event occurs in a time slot. These calendars may or may not show when there is a conflict between two or more events. In those calendars that do show conflicts, they do not make a distinction between a real conflict (2 or more events occurring at the same time) and 2 or more events within the same time slot, but not in conflict with each other. For example, assume the time interval is 30 minutes and the user has the following events: 10:00am 10:15am Call Tom Tidwell about forecasting numbers

10:15am 10:30am Fill out time card

2:00pm 4:00pm Meeting on Project Strategies

2:00pm 3:00pm Conference call The first two events do not conflict with each other, but are in the same 30 minute time slot.

The next two events do conflict with each other. There needs to be a way to distinguish between these two situations so that the one that really is not a conflict is not shown as such. This problem can be solved by using an indicator (color, icon, character, etc.) beside or within the time slots that have more than one event, but no conflict. A differen...