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Using Distribution Tests to Initiate Teleconferences

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104750D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Techniques are disclosed that allow users with telephones connected to their workstations to use distribution lists to initialize and set-up teleconferences automatically.

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Using Distribution Tests to Initiate Teleconferences

      Techniques are disclosed that allow users with telephones
connected to their workstations to use distribution lists to
initialize and set-up teleconferences automatically.

Access to the proposed technique is provided via the following:

1.    Address Book Menu Action - users select the appropriate
    distribution list from the address book and then select a
    "Teleconference" action from a pull-down or pop-up menu.

2.    Telephone Function - users select a distribution list from
    Address Book and drag it to a Telephone window.  This signals the

    function to set up a teleconference with the entries in the
    distribution list.

3.    Teleconference icon - an icon would appear on the desktop so
    that so that users could drag distribution list icons from the
    address book to this Teleconference icon to invoke the function.

      Once invoked, a list of entries from the distribution list is
presented so that the user can see whom will be called.  The user has
the ability to tailor this list before placing any calls.  The user
clicks on a pushbutton to initiate the calls.  The system then places
the calls sequentially, but nearly simultaneously.  The system does
not wait for an attendee to answer before placing the next call.

      As the calls are placed, the system provides feedback to the
caller regarding the status of each call.  The original list of
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