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User Interface for Rule-Based Meeting Confirmation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103480D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Griffin, DL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Consider a computer calendar system that allows the entry of calendar events, specifically meetings. A meeting scheduler can specify whether an invitee is required and optional. The meeting is held if all required invitees confirm their attendance, i.e., if the meeting confirmation rules are met.

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User Interface for Rule-Based Meeting Confirmation

      Consider a computer calendar system that allows the entry of
calendar events, specifically meetings.  A meeting scheduler can
specify whether an invitee is required and optional. The meeting is
held if all required invitees confirm their attendance, i.e., if the
meeting confirmation rules are met.

      Also consider a computer calendar system that allows meeting
invitees to specify private rules, i.e., user confirmation rules,
that allow them to alter the inviters meeting requirements.  This
capability allows the invitee to commit to attending if certain
conditions are met, e.g., Sally also attends or John does not attend.

      Finally, consider the user interface of a computer calendar
system that allows the user to see his/her daily schedule with both
textual and graphical presentations.  The latter is often referred to
as "busy bars" and graphically shows when the calendar owner is busy
and free.

      Given this calendaring capability, how does the end user
determine whether or not they are really going to a meeting?
Consider the possibilities.

      If the meeting confirmation rules have not been met, then the
meeting is considered tentative.  Tentative meetings will be
indicated to the user in two ways.  In the text description, the
event text will be prefixed with a (T).  In the graphical "busy
bars", the associated event busy bar will be half-toned.

      If the meeting con...