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Participation Status On Computer Calendar Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037467D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berkson, SP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Consider a computer calendar system which allows the entry of calendar events. Prior art allowed the classification of an event as "tentative", "confirmed", or "cancelled." These distinctions allowed events to be registered to a participant's calendar as "tentative" so that it would show in a display of printing of the calendar, while allowing later confirmation. These distinctions, however, are not sufficient. They do not indicate the participant's commitment to attend the event. An event may be "confirmed," but the participant may only tentatively plan to attend. For example, a kick-off meeting will certainly take place the morning of the 6th, say. Sam, who was invited to attend, may not, depending on other factors.

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Participation Status On Computer Calendar Systems

Consider a computer calendar system which allows the entry of calendar events. Prior art allowed the classification of an event as "tentative", "confirmed", or "cancelled." These distinctions allowed events to be registered to a participant's calendar as "tentative" so that it would show in a display of printing of the calendar, while allowing later confirmation. These distinctions, however, are not sufficient. They do not indicate the participant's commitment to attend the event. An event may be "confirmed," but the participant may only tentatively plan to attend. For example, a kick-off meeting will certainly take place the morning of the 6th, say. Sam, who was invited to attend, may not, depending on other factors. Sam, however, wishes to record the meeting on his calendar for the 6th to subsequently confirm or decline his attendance. While Sam is tentatively attending, the morning of the 6th should be considered as "free time", that is, uncommitted to others wishing to meet with Sam during that time.

The proposed solution is to keep separate the status of the meeting, as "tentative," the meeting is scheduled; or, "confirmed," the meeting definitely will take, place, or "cancelled," the meeting, previously tentatively or confirmed, is now cancelled; and the status of each participant as "confirmed," will definitely attend; "tentative," currently planning to attend but not committed; and "declined," definitely n...