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Remote Telephone Expenditure for Calendar Media Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104380D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Users who access remote calendars by long distance telephone calls may be charged intolerable rates. The duration of time required to convey a calendar entry via an audio medium can affect the cost of the telephone. Users of these systems require methods by which they can be notified of the monetary consequence for listening to calendar events over the telephone. Currently, such systems do provide document size; however, this is not an indication of the phonetic structure of the words. Depending on the actual words, the conversation may be extremely long when actually spoken. Thus, a user lacks knowledge on how long they will be conversing over the telephone to retrieve and listen to a calendar event or a calendar range.

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Remote Telephone Expenditure for Calendar Media Objects

      Users who access remote calendars by long distance telephone
calls may be charged intolerable rates.  The duration of time
required to convey a calendar entry via an audio medium can affect
the cost of the telephone.  Users of these systems require methods by
which they can be notified of the monetary consequence for listening
to calendar events over the telephone.  Currently, such systems do
provide document size; however, this is not an indication of the
phonetic structure of the words.  Depending on the actual words, the
conversation may be extremely long when actually spoken.  Thus, a
user lacks knowledge on how long they will be conversing over the
telephone to retrieve and listen to a calendar event or a calendar
range.  Further compounding the problem, is varying telephone rates
pertaining to the date and location of the call.  It's desirable to
provide a mechanism by which the isochronous process of calendar
objects can be surmised into monetary terms for the duration required
for transmission over telephone audio lines.

      This article describes a mechanism that allows remote users of
telephone services to be notified of the monetary consequences for
listening to calendar entries.  A Registration Interface permits
users to define specified rates associated with particular telephone
companies and times, e.g., a telephone company may offer discount
rates at differing times of the day or for particular destinations.
Events entering the personal calendar repository of the user invokes
a Duration Assessment Service.

      This service can "pre-play" the calendar entry to determine the
duration necessary to conve...