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Automatic Action Date Assignment through Electronic Calendar Analysis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103992D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Prior methods for selecting an Action Due Date involved techniques whereby users must manually confirm or reject proposed

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Automatic Action Date Assignment through Electronic Calendar Analysis

      Prior methods for selecting an Action Due Date involved
techniques whereby users must manually confirm or reject proposed

Action Due Dates.  Such methods require the users to receive,
manually, and send negotiated responses across the network until an
acceptable date is chosen.  Such methods can be costly and are
inefficient.  Users must be present to periodically perform this
negotiated task.  The inefficiency of this method becomes more
apparent when an originator desires an Action Due Date that is
acceptable to multiple parties, i.e., a Due Date that is acceptable
to all members of a distribution list.  A method is desired whereby
the first date selected meets the agreement of all parties.
Moreover, a method is desired to allow a date or dates to be
acceptable to a plurality of differing recipients.
     This article describes a service to analyze a recipient(s)
calendar and select an Action Due Date based on events listed on the
recipient's calendar.  An end-user interface allows the originator to
specify when there is an appropriate Action Due Date for the
recipient.  The originator can select a range, or completely leave
open, when an Action Due Date is acceptable.  Upon sending the
distribution a service is activated at the recipient's node.  This
service interrogates the recipient's calendar searching for an
available time slot, i.e., a time slot that meets the originator's
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