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Listing of Calendar Items through Device Driver Mechanisms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104828D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Often the information that a user wishes to associate to a calendar event may not be represented as text. Moreover, users do not desire to suspend one application to access a calendar application. Users would like direct access from an operating system to a calendar application. There is a desire to use typical operating system commands to view calendar entries. Users would like to integrate calendar viewing functions into typical operating batch commands. A user may be at the operating system prompt (e.g., C:\>) when there is a desire to view a calendar day or month. Users desire a method by which the operating system commands could be immediately invoked to view calendar events. Moreover, there is a desire to control the listings that are of differing media characteristics.

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Listing of Calendar Items through Device Driver Mechanisms

      Often the information that a user wishes to associate to a
calendar event may not be represented as text.  Moreover, users do
not desire to suspend one application to access a calendar
application.  Users would like direct access from an operating system
to a calendar application.  There is a desire to use typical
operating system commands to view calendar entries.  Users would like
to integrate calendar viewing functions into typical operating batch
commands.  A user may be at the operating system prompt (e.g., C:\>)
when there is a desire to view a calendar day or month.  Users desire
a method by which the operating system commands could be immediately
invoked to view calendar events.  Moreover, there is a desire to
control the listings that are of differing media characteristics.
Current systems assume the listing information is of a textual
nature.  A method is desirable that controls isochronous listings of
calendar information via device drivers.  For example, when conveying
event listings through an audio means, there is a desire to control
how much is heard.

      This article entails a method by which a Device Driver Service
for users can list calendar events as though they were files on disk
drives.  At the crux of the invention is a methodology to control
isochronous states of the information.  The invention employs a media
transition table that allows segments of designated entries to be
listed using typical directory commands, e.g., dir.  Users can
designate attributes for the entries that should be listed upon a
directory request.  A Registration Service allows users to list items
according to subject, originator and other attributes inherent in
electronic calendar systems.  The implementation of a specific device
driver allows a user to reference their calendar via a drive letter,
e.g., drive E = Calendar.  Thus, items that are actually calendar
events can be referenced by the E: prefix.  For example, dir e:10*.*,
for listing all calendar entries for the month of October.  This
example illustrates a process by which the user associates file names
with periods of time.  Calendar entries can be referenced by the
subject attributes or unique identifiers for each entry.  For
multiple entries that have the same subject title, a device
correlator lists the subjects according to user-defined parameters.

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