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Selectable Starting Time on a Monthly Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042386D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Curtis, DE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Allowing a user of a monthly display of calendar events to specify the first hour of events to be shown improves the usefulness of such a display. Consider a computer display of a monthly schedule, where each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form, one character per hour of the working day. Where a typical terminal display station has a width of 80 characters, the display is limited to a display of ten positions for each day. Current implementation uses these ten positions to a) display an eight-hour business day, typically from 9 AM to 5 PM, and b) provide an indication that an event is scheduled outside this range.

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Selectable Starting Time on a Monthly Display

Allowing a user of a monthly display of calendar events to specify the first hour of events to be shown improves the usefulness of such a display. Consider a computer display of a monthly schedule, where each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form, one character per hour of the working day. Where a typical terminal display station has a width of 80 characters, the display is limited to a display of ten positions for each day. Current implementation uses these ten positions to a) display an eight-hour business day, typically from 9 AM to 5 PM, and b) provide an indication that an event is scheduled outside this range. The difficulties with this method are the user cannot view the times of events scheduled outside the business day time range, cannot view abbreviations of these events which identify their nature, and cannot visually determine if scheduling conflicts are present. If the user works other than a "normal" business day, these difficulties virtually eliminate the usefulness of the display. A solution to these difficulties is to allow the user to specify the time range to be displayed. This can be done by specifying the starting hour of the user's "normal" day. If another time range were desired, the starting hour would be entered, and the display would be regenerated based on the entered starting hour.

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