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FLAMES: A Graphical Presentation of Workload in a Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104794D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for presenting upcoming information about a future event is disclosed. This enables a user to be forewarned about the amount of time needed to accomplish a task, as well as the priority of it, without adding false events.

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FLAMES:  A Graphical Presentation of Workload in a Calendar

      A method for presenting upcoming information about a future
event is disclosed.  This enables a user to be forewarned about the
amount of time needed to accomplish a task, as well as the priority
of it, without adding false events.

     In today's graphical user interfaces, a user is frequently
presented with information in a graphical manner.  A good example of
this is a calendar/scheduling program.  A user is presented with the
tasks on the day they should be accomplished.  However, an important
piece of information is always lacking.  Almost as important as the
task itself is the amount of time needed to complete the task, and
the importance of the scheduled date as an absolute.

     There are two aspects to this solution -- allowing a user to
specify the preparation time, importance and flexibility of any given
event, and presenting this information graphically to a user on any
given day or view of the calendar.  The former simply allows a user
to specify:

o   Flexibility of the date:
    -   Must be done on scheduled date
    -   Must be available at start of scheduled date
    -   Must be done within x amount of time following scheduled date
    -   Can be done anytime.
o   Preparation time:
    -   Will take xx hours/minutes/weeks to accomplish
    -   Importance:
        --  critical
        --  important
        --  negligible

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