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Printing Or Not, a Free- And Busy-time Display Box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101186D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 4 page(s) / 100K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Consider a computer calendar system where the user can print the events for a day in a traditional time-grid format. The time grid is generally divided into 15-minute increments and covers anywhere from ten to sixteen hours starting at, say, 7:00 a.m. The grid thus gives a quick visual display of the free and busy time, at 15-minute resolution, for those 10-16 hours. It does not provide a display for the free and busy time for the other hours, nor does it provide information at a resolution of less than 15-minutes. Refer to Fig. 2 for an example of this calendar page.

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Printing Or Not, a Free- And Busy-time Display Box

       Consider a computer calendar system where the user can
print the events for a day in a traditional time-grid format.  The
time grid is generally divided into 15-minute increments and covers
anywhere from ten to sixteen hours starting at, say, 7:00 a.m.  The
grid thus gives a quick visual display of the free and busy time, at
15-minute resolution, for those 10-16 hours.  It does not provide a
display for the free and busy time for the other hours, nor does it
provide information at a resolution of less than 15-minutes.  Refer
to Fig. 2 for an example of this calendar page.

      An improvement is a small optional display where the free and
busy time for the day are shown at 1-minute resolution for the full
24-hours.  Refer to Fig. 3.  This shows a small "busy box" at the
bottom of the time grid. These three lines represent the three eight-
hour division of the day: midnight to 8:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to midnight.

      Refer to Fig. 1.  This shows a typical computer terminal screen
where the busy box can be selected.

      New to this method are: 1) a screen where the user can choose
whether or not to have the busy box printed, 2) a page format where
the busy box is printed below the time grid when printed, 3) a page
format where the busy box is totally omitted when not printed,
providing additional room for handwritten notes, 4) an optional busy
box where the free a...