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Computer Notification of a Meeting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041447D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Flexibility in computer meeting scheduling is provided by using a computer note and allowing attendees to manage their own computer calendaring. A useful function of a computer calendaring application is scheduling meetings of two or more individuals. Utilization of this function is by prompting a meeting organizer for the names of the desired attendees, the amount of time required, and a date range within which the event is to take place. Based on information retrieved in response to keying to the prompt, the organizer selects from the possible times and the computer schedules the events on the attendees' schedules. One problem encountered with the above approach is that many individuals consider their schedules to be very personal, and also restrict the entry of events to their calendars to a trusted few.

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Computer Notification of a Meeting

Flexibility in computer meeting scheduling is provided by using a computer note and allowing attendees to manage their own computer calendaring. A useful function of a computer calendaring application is scheduling meetings of two or more individuals. Utilization of this function is by prompting a meeting organizer for the names of the desired attendees, the amount of time required, and a date range within which the event is to take place. Based on information retrieved in response to keying to the prompt, the organizer selects from the possible times and the computer schedules the events on the attendees' schedules. One problem encountered with the above approach is that many individuals consider their schedules to be very personal, and also restrict the entry of events to their calendars to a trusted few. On the other hand, to be prevented from requesting attendance of these people at computer-scheduled meetings would eliminate the usefulness of the meeting scheduling function. A solution is to notify the attendees by a computer note rather than entering the event into the schedule. Once the date and time of the event have been selected, the requestor is prompted for the location and purpose of the meeting. A computer note is created and sent to each attendee, using an existing electronic mail facility. Each attendee may then decide to attend, and enter the event on his own calendar, he may decide to send another and have the...