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Shift Scheduling on Calendars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044449D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pringle, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is the idea of varying the time window of a computer controlled calendar schedule. Calendar flexibility is improved by giving the user of an on-line calendar the ability to specify the shift to be displayed. In a typical computer display of a monthly calendar, each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form with one character per hour of a work shift. (See, e.g., the figure.) Events scheduled before the shift are indicated by a "<" to the left of the hours, and events scheduled after the shift are indicated by a ">" to the right of the hours. For persons working the prime shift, this is satisfactory since few events will be scheduled before or after their shift.

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Shift Scheduling on Calendars

Described is the idea of varying the time window of a computer controlled calendar schedule. Calendar flexibility is improved by giving the user of an on- line calendar the ability to specify the shift to be displayed. In a typical computer display of a monthly calendar, each day's events are shown in an abbreviated form with one character per hour of a work shift. (See, e.g., the figure.) Events scheduled before the shift are indicated by a "<" to the left of the hours, and events scheduled after the shift are indicated by a ">" to the right of the hours. For persons working the prime shift, this is satisfactory since few events will be scheduled before or after their shift. Persons not working the primary shift, however, receive little benefit from this display since it is likely that all their events will occur before or after the prime shift and be displayed as shown for the ninth day in the figure or the 11th day. It could even occur, as shown, for the fourth day. These convey only that something is scheduled but does not indicate the nature. This prime shift dependency can be overcome by allowing the user to specify which shift or eight-hour span should be considered the "prime shift" for that user. By adjusting the display of the monthly calendar accordingly, the scheduled events are displayed on the calendar with the specified eight-hour period as the window.

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