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Hourly Placeholders on a Monthly Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041618D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With a computer display of a monthly calendar, where each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form with one character per hour of a working day, it is important to be able to quickly ascertain the hour associated with any event. Such a calendar display can cover a screen of 24 by 80 characters, as shown in Fig. 1. The depicted abbreviations M, 1, I, and D can represent a meeting, a top priority item, an interview, and a document inventory process, respectively. With this arrangement, even when it is known that the first position of each day represents the hour between eight and nine a.m., it is difficult to determine the hour of the event on the 14th.

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Hourly Placeholders on a Monthly Display

With a computer display of a monthly calendar, where each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form with one character per hour of a working day, it is important to be able to quickly ascertain the hour associated with any event. Such a calendar display can cover a screen of 24 by 80 characters, as shown in Fig. 1. The depicted abbreviations M, 1, I, and D can represent a meeting, a top priority item, an interview, and a document inventory process, respectively. With this arrangement, even when it is known that the first position of each day represents the hour between eight and nine a.m., it is difficult to determine the hour of the event on the 14th. An efficient and readily manageable solution to this problem is to use a non-blank character, such as a period, for hours having no abbreviation assigned, and to impart a reference point in the lower border of each day block. This is illustrated in Fig. 2 where the character "+" is used to represent the hour starting at noon. It can now be immediately determined that the event on the 14th is at one o'clock in the afternoon.

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