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Composite Calendar View (Meeting Schedule Aid)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039625D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moldover, AD: AUTHOR

Abstract

This is a system to bypass some of the cumbersome and time-consuming activity involved when trying to arrange a meeting convenient for a group of people. The system is based on surrogate calendar keepers to provide the schedule information for all people involved in the meeting and a calendar display filter called Composite View. The Composite View shows a span of time divided into useful segments (hour, half-hour, 15 minutes, etc.), where each segment indicates whether it is free for the entire group. If there is one or more appointment (or information is not available from the surrogate calendar), a number indicates how many people are busy for that time segment. A function is provided (e.g.

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Composite Calendar View (Meeting Schedule Aid)

This is a system to bypass some of the cumbersome and time-consuming activity involved when trying to arrange a meeting convenient for a group of people. The system is based on surrogate calendar keepers to provide the schedule information for all people involved in the meeting and a calendar display filter called Composite View. The Composite View shows a span of time divided into useful segments (hour, half-hour, 15 minutes, etc.), where each segment indicates whether it is free for the entire group. If there is one or more appointment (or information is not available from the surrogate calendar), a number indicates how many people are busy for that time segment. A function is provided (e.g., point and select) to identify an individual segment to inquire who in the group is busy and whether they have a confirmed or tentative appointment. The inquiry also shows indicators for vacation, holiday and out-of-the-office. The information for the display is supplied by the surrogate calendar keepers automatically so the person who is performing the scheduling can bypass the multiple phone calls or look-ups that would otherwise be necessary. The information is displayed in a semi-graphic format so that it is more immediately understandable and so the user can make a more informed decision about selecting the time to schedule the meeting. Most existing calendars provide some meeting schedule aid; for example, some provide a form of composite schedule display. The meeting schedule aid described here, while similar to existing composite calendar displays, contains significant innovations. It differs in three respects: 1. The size of the group that can be handled for

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