Browse Prior Art Database

Printing Changed Calendar Pages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101426D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 100K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Portnuff, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a way to print only the changed days in a range of calendar days.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 52% of the total text.

Printing Changed Calendar Pages

       Provided is a way to print only the changed days in a
range of calendar days.

      Consider a computer calendar application which allows more than
one person to add events to a calendar.  In the typical case,
calendars are private; no other users may access without the owner's
permission.  For example, a manager may allow his or her secretary or
aide to schedule meetings.  An employee may allow his or her manager
or co-workers to schedule meetings.  A calendar may be set up to
serve a team of users working on the same project or working with the
same customer.  Calendars for conference rooms may be public or
jointly owned by several room schedulers.

      Consider also that this calendar application allows the
printing of one or more days of a calendar.  Typically, users of the
application will print the pages for one or more weeks at one time.
And typically, the decisions made, things to do, calls to make and
other notations will be made on the pages during the days the printed
calendar is carried.

      In the case where more than one person can write to a single
calendar, anyone carrying a printed copy of the calendar generally
does not know that changes have been made.  The result is that the
carried paper calendar may or may not accurately reflect the content
of the electronic calendar.

      Current art provides no easy remedy for this problem. Solutions
where messages are sent to interested users put a burden of manual
change of the paper calendar on the recipient of the message.  This
solution is unattractive if the number or frequency of these messages
is high. Solutions where a calendar is automatically printed on every
change or when a threshold of change counts is reached are
unattractive as it likely prints unnecessary calendar pages. In
situations where an interested user is temporarily not interested
(out of town, on vacation, busy, etc.), this solution is
unacceptable.

      The proposed solution prints, for each requesting user, only
the pages of the calendar needed to show the days where e...