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Calendar Busy Bars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103345D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention provides for selection of calendar busy bars and an algorithm for visually indicating when one or more bars are selected.

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Calendar Busy Bars

      This invention provides for selection of calendar busy bars and
an algorithm for visually indicating when one or more bars are
selected.

      This invention applies to graphical windowing computer user
interfaces.  Current calendar applications provide for busy bars.
Busy bars visually indicate times when a scheduled entity, such as a
person or resource, is busy. This allows a quick visual indication of
when events occur and whether they overlap.  Typically busy bars may
also include the use of color coding related to properties of the
item associated with a given busy bar.

      Current applications do not provide for selection of busy bars.

      Users are provided with the ability to directly select busy
bars using conventional user interface mechanisms, such as pointing
at the busy bar with the mouse and clicking the mouse select button.
When a busy bar is selected, its corresponding calendar entry is
automatically selected.

      Busy bars are also automatically selected when the user selects
the corresponding calendar entry in the main calendar window area.
This provides a useful reinforcement between the selected calendar
entry and its corresponding busy bar.

      This invention provides the following algorithm for visually
indicating the selection status of a calendar busy bar:
1.  Busy bars are displayed as hollow bars when they are not
selected.
2.  When a busy bar is selected, the busy bar is displayed a...