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Printing Follow-up Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099463D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-14
Document File: 5 page(s) / 131K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hill, AR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Consider a computer office system that has a follow-up system for notes and other mail. It is typical for such a system to be implemented using the office system's electronic mail functions. In a typical system, a user receives some piece of correspondence via the mail functions which correspondence triggers some task to be done. Such a task might be "check with forecasting" or "give me a copy of the 3/31 presentation materials." If the user does not complete the task at first reading of the correspondence, a typical office system provides a "follow-up" systems, which retains the correspondence and attaches a date- related trigger to it. This trigger is set by the user to take some action at or before the chosen date.

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Printing Follow-up Items

       Consider a computer office system that has a follow-up
system for notes and other mail.  It is typical for such a system to
be implemented using the office system's electronic mail functions.
In a typical system, a user receives some piece of correspondence via
the mail functions which correspondence triggers some task to be
done.  Such a task might be "check with forecasting" or "give me a
copy of the 3/31 presentation materials."  If the user does not
complete the task at first reading of the correspondence, a typical
office system provides a "follow-up" systems, which retains the
correspondence and attaches a date- related trigger to it.  This
trigger is set by the user to take some action at or before the
chosen date.  When the date arrives, the system takes some follow-up
action, typically, a reminder is shown, an alarm signal is given, the
retained correspondence is again delivered to the user, or a
combination of these.

      The typical office system of current art contains an
appointment book or calendar subsystem.  The calendar function
typically provides a way to print one or more days' events and notes
in a variety of ways. Current art also provides a way for the trigger
dates of follow-up correspondence to be contained in the user's
calendar and displayed or printed as a calendar note.

      Finally, consider a computer calendar system that distinguishes
between four types of calendar notes: simple notes, notes of things
to do, notes of calls to make, and notes of things due to or from
another.  Such calendar systems provide different printed pages for
these note types.  Refer to Fig. 1.  This is a page of a
calendar-printed due items showing from whom and to whom the item is
due, a description of what is due, and when the item is due to be
done.  This page is typical for printing due items.

      The following method is proposed for printing the follow-up
correspondence as due items on the calendar pages when the item is
due.  The recommended implementation takes these steps:

      1. When ...