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Selecting Next/Previous Day From a Monthly Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041448D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Calendar day changes are readily facilitated and change keying is reduced by assigning change functions to programmable keys. With a computer display of a monthly schedule, where each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form, it is desirable to have the schedule tailored to a current date which is generally today's date. The current day can be made distinguishable from the other days on the monthly calendar by highlighting, blinking, etc. Once the concept of a current date is provided, day-changing capabilities are also desirable. Most applications accomplish this by allowing a user to key the number of the day to be the current day. In addition to permitting the user to change the current day by keying the number, usability is enhanced by providing single key changing.

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Selecting Next/Previous Day From a Monthly Calendar

Calendar day changes are readily facilitated and change keying is reduced by assigning change functions to programmable keys. With a computer display of a monthly schedule, where each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form, it is desirable to have the schedule tailored to a current date which is generally today's date. The current day can be made distinguishable from the other days on the monthly calendar by highlighting, blinking, etc. Once the concept of a current date is provided, day-changing capabilities are also desirable. Most applications accomplish this by allowing a user to key the number of the day to be the current day. In addition to permitting the user to change the current day by keying the number, usability is enhanced by providing single key changing. This is accomplished by assigning changing functions to two programmable keys. One of the keys is used to change the current day on the monthly display to the next day (e.g., from March 4 to March 5). Another key is used to change the current day to the previous day. In the case where the current day on the monthly calendar display is initially set to today's date, this would mean that tomorrow is available from the monthly display at the touch of a key, as is yesterday. With this approach, the user does not have to type in tomorrow's (or yesterday's) date.

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