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Audio Originator Identification for Expired Date/Time Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104743D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of the electronic office, there has been a prevalent explosion of messages, notes, and other distributions that have associated date/time attributes. Unfortunately, many users do not respond by the designated time as specified by the originator. Moreover, existing methods do not provide a mechanism by which the recipient can differentiate audio notifications for differing originators of distributions. A recipient may receive two distributions due on the same day, e.g., the Reply-By date is the same for both distributions. Current systems require recipients to scan their inbasket logs verifying dates of expiration and to manually set up Reminders for date/time attributes of distribution. Recipients desire automatic audio notifications when an action item is due for a particular originator.

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Audio Originator Identification for Expired Date/Time Attributes

      With the advent of the electronic office, there has been a
prevalent explosion of messages, notes, and other distributions that
have associated date/time attributes.  Unfortunately, many users do
not respond by the designated time as specified by the originator.
Moreover, existing methods do not provide a mechanism by which the
recipient can differentiate audio notifications for differing
originators of distributions.  A recipient may receive two
distributions due on the same day, e.g., the Reply-By date is the
same for both distributions.  Current systems require recipients to
scan their inbasket logs verifying dates of expiration and to
manually set up Reminders for date/time attributes of distribution.
Recipients desire automatic audio notifications when an action item
is due for a particular originator.

      This article describes a method that allows for unique
attributes of the distribution and attributes of the recipient to
generate unique audio tones for the notification of expired date/time
attributes of distributions.  Activation is dependent upon the
contents of the inbasket entries.

      This method encompasses a distinguishable tone or sequence of
tones associated with each originator and the date/time attribute of
a distribution.  A recipient may choose to generate a different
"song" or audio tones for each originator of a distribution.  A Timer
Service monitors inbask...