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Event Choice in a Printed Month Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101193D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 177K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Consider a computer calendar system where the user can print the events for a month on one or two pages. In these forms, the boxes for the days are necessarily small. When there are many or long events, the boxes become very full. A problem arises in trying to place event descriptions in the day boxes to maximize the usefulness of the calendar pages. In the current-art computer calendar system, timed events, for example, meetings, can be distinguished from untimed events, for example, a "todo," a person to call, an item due, or comments. A day which has many calendar entries will fill the day box without guaranteeing that all information printed is necessary or useful on the month pages. Refer to Fig. 2. This page is full of all event types, timed and untimed.

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Event Choice in a Printed Month Calendar

       Consider a computer calendar system where the user can
print the events for a month on one or two pages.  In these forms,
the boxes for the days are necessarily small.  When there are many or
long events, the boxes become very full.  A problem arises in trying
to place event descriptions in the day boxes to maximize the
usefulness of the calendar pages. In the current-art computer
calendar system, timed events, for example, meetings, can be
distinguished from untimed events, for example, a "todo," a person to
call, an item due, or comments.  A day which has many calendar
entries will fill the day box without guaranteeing that all
information printed is necessary or useful on the month pages.  Refer
to Fig. 2.  This page is full of all event types, timed and untimed.

      A more useful month page can be provided by allowing the user
to choose what calendar item to print.  Refer to Fig. 1.  This is a
computer terminal screen which allows the user to choose which item
types to print: notes, todo items, due items, and call items.  These
may be selected independently, giving maximum utility.

      Refer to Fig. 3.  This shows the same month where only the due
items are printed with the timed events.  Other choices give other
pages.  The user can determine what events are to be printed on the
month pages.

      New to this method are: 1) a screen where the user can choose
whether or not to print day...