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Direct Manipulation of Distribution Information to Schedule Meetings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104025D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a direct manipulation technique for scheduling a meeting using direct manipulation of the distribution information contained in mail items received or generated. 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 distribution information contained in mail items to the Calendar icon, enhancing integration between the mail and calendar applications. When the distribution information is dragged to the Calendar icon, the window representing the meeting scheduling task automatically opens.

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Direct Manipulation of Distribution Information to Schedule Meetings

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation technique for scheduling a
meeting using direct manipulation of the distribution information
contained in mail items received or generated.
     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 distribution information contained in mail items to
the Calendar icon, enhancing integration between the mail and
calendar applications.  When the distribution information is 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.

     Alternatively, the user may drag and drop the distribution
information to an open calendar, representing a specific date and
time.  The meeting scheduling dialog window appears, with both the
attendee list and the date and time prefilled.  The user need only
enter the location and subject to complete the task.

Disclosed Anonymously.