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Dynamic Filter (Including Special Events) for Calendar Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040955D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moldover, AD: AUTHOR

Abstract

This system creates easily controlled eye-catchers on calendar displays to help the user more effectively manage time. The filters give flexible control over the amount of and significance of information shown on a display. The viewer can more easily concentrate on relevant details in the context of his or her calendar.

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Dynamic Filter (Including Special Events) for Calendar Display

This system creates easily controlled eye-catchers on calendar displays to help the user more effectively manage time. The filters give flexible control over the amount of and significance of information shown on a display. The viewer can more easily concentrate on relevant details in the context of his or her calendar.

The system is based on a set of primary formats (6-month, month, week and list) of the calendar data base and a set of secondary filter attributes (some commonly defined terms: e.g. holiday, vacation..., and some user-specific terms: e.g. Manhattan project). The secondary filter attributes are stored in the data base in compact form as bits with a user profile table to expand them for easy viewing and changing.

The primary formats, 6-month, month, week, day,...define the display of a time-grid with appointment information displayed as it occurs. The detail-level of the appointment information is appropriate to the granularity of time. On this form of display, the filter is used to highlight appointment information that matches the secondary filter attributes. The highlighting increases the focus on the significant information in the context of the schedule.

If the primary view of the calendar data base is a list, the secondary attributes are used as a filter to show only the items that are tagged with those attributes. The remaining items would be eliminated from the display by the filter process.

The dynamic filter achieves its usefulness only because there is also a simple process for interacting with and changing the secondary filter-attributes as well as for selecting t...