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Analyzing Schedules by Highlighting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062389D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bradshaw, KA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This is a program for highlighting dates on a computer terminal screen which are in error, or past due, or which occur on a weekend or holiday, by using various colors, reverse video, and blinking. A date is highlighted when it possesses any one of several characteristics in which the user may be interested. There is a one-to-one relationship between the characteristic and the mode of highlighting. The user is able to analyze lists of dates (e.g., project activity schedules) faster and more thoroughly without the need to consult a separate calendar.

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Analyzing Schedules by Highlighting

This is a program for highlighting dates on a computer terminal screen which are in error, or past due, or which occur on a weekend or holiday, by using various colors, reverse video, and blinking. A date is highlighted when it possesses any one of several characteristics in which the user may be interested. There is a one-to-one relationship between the characteristic and the mode of highlighting. The user is able to analyze lists of dates (e.g., project activity schedules) faster and more thoroughly without the need to consult a separate calendar. In the example shown in the figure, the date characteristics and respective related modes of highlighting are as follows: Error in month, day or year - Red reverse video Planned date past and no actual date - Yellow reverse video Future Weekend or Holiday - Green reverse video Past Weekend or Holiday - Blue reverse video Missing date - Blinking The colors are illustrated by the different cross-hatchings shown in the Legend section of the figure which correspond, respectively, to the cross- hatchings for each of the highlighted dates. In the figure, the Legend PAWEH stands for a past week-end or holiday and WEHOL stands for a week-end or holiday. For each date, the program first determines any errors and highlights such in red. Examples are: month less than one or greater than twelve, year that is more or less than the current year by a given amount, February 29th for year that is no...