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User Selection of Time Zone Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102804D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Consider a computer calendar application which maintains a data base of calendar events. The events consist of an options start time, an optional end time, and a description. current art provides for the entry and display of events for one or more days of events. The current art manages this by keeping a data base of calendar events organized by day, month, and year. The calendar system will display on user request one or more days of events, either explicitly or implicitly based in a time zone. That is, the time of the events are shown in the time zone local to the user or, if different, local to the computer system where the calendar application is running.

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User Selection of Time Zone Display

      Consider a computer calendar application which maintains a data
base of calendar events.  The events consist of an options start
time, an optional end time, and a description. current art provides
for the entry and display of events for one or more days of events.
The current art manages this by keeping a data base of calendar
events organized by day, month, and year.  The calendar system will
display on user request one or more days of events, either explicitly
or implicitly based in a time zone.  That is, the time of the events
are shown in the time zone local to the user or, if different, local
to the computer system where the calendar application is running.
This latter case is usual in the case where the user is connected to
the calendar application via telecommunications, and where the user
and the base computer system are in different time zones.

      Current art does not provide a means for entering or displaying
events in other than the base time zone.  This is a problem in cases
where users in different time zones have access to the same events,
causing users to mentally calculate local time from the time saved in
the event data base.

      The proposed method would allow each user to change the time
zone at the time events are displayed or printed or otherwise used.
In this method, the base time zone for the display is contained on
the display screen.  The user may request the display of the events
in...