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Event Identification for an Electronic Calendar System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104805D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Users of an electronic office calendar system are often performing many tasks simultaneously. Moreover, users desire to prioritize their work and often need to know immediately the priority of an unsolicited notification, such as a calendar update. It is advantageous to provide a method by which the modification of an event on a user's calendar could be associated with a particular audio tone or sequence of tones based upon the event itself being modified. This would allow users to utilize an audio medium for the identification of events on a calendar with particular audio patterns. There is a desire by which a calendar update for a particular event would create a particular audio/musical pattern based upon the event.

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Event Identification for an Electronic Calendar System

      Users of an electronic office calendar system are often
performing many tasks simultaneously.  Moreover, users desire to
prioritize their work and often need to know immediately the priority
of an unsolicited notification, such as a calendar update.  It is
advantageous to provide a method by which the modification of an
event on a user's calendar could be associated with a particular
audio tone or sequence of tones based upon the event itself being
modified.  This would allow users to utilize an audio medium for the
identification of events on a calendar with particular audio
patterns.  There is a desire by which a calendar update for a
particular event would create a particular audio/musical pattern
based upon the event.

      Moreover, users who hear the particular audio responses would
like the capability to associate their own familiar tones with a
particular event on the calendar system.  This would allow multiple
users to associate a different tone for the same event.

      This article describes a methodology whereby users of an
electronic calendar system can associate particular audio patterns to
specified events of the calendar system.  This system would allow
users to work continually on other applications while a particular
audio pattern would identify that a particular event has been added,
deleted or otherwise modified.  Users could associate defined events
to having particular tones, thus when a secretary or other affinity
user adds an event, such as an "all hands"...