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Scheduling Meetings with Direct Manipulation from Address Books

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104023D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a direct manipulation technique for scheduling a meeting using an entry, distribution list, or multiple selected entries from an address book. Scheduling functions is very common in calendars today. Most of these calendars are stand-alone applications. Therefore, when scheduling a meeting, users must open their calendars, open the scheduling window, then manually enter names or a distribution list of the attendees. A direct manipulation technique is disclosed that allows users to drag and drop an entry, distribution list, or multiple entries from an address book to the Calendar icon, enhancing integration between the two applications. When the address book entries are dragged to the Calendar icon, the window representing the meeting scheduling task automatically opens.

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Scheduling Meetings with Direct Manipulation from Address Books

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation technique for scheduling a
meeting using an entry, distribution list, or multiple selected
entries from an address book.
     Scheduling functions is very common in calendars today.  Most of
these calendars are stand-alone applications.  Therefore, when
scheduling a meeting, users must open their calendars, open the
scheduling window, then manually enter names or a distribution list
of the attendees.
     A direct manipulation technique is disclosed that allows users
to drag and drop an entry, distribution list, or multiple entries
from an address book to the Calendar icon, enhancing integration
between the two applications.  When the address book entries are
dragged to the Calendar icon, the window representing the meeting
scheduling task automatically opens.  The list of attendees is
already filled in with the pre-selected address book entries.  The
user is able to add other attendee names as well as provide the
necessary meeting information, such as time, date, location and
subject.

Disclosed Anonymously.