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Mechanism for User-Viewing State Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104980D
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

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Often times a user is not aware of key words within a calendar entry. This makes it difficult for users to conduct searches within a calendar service. Often times second parties, such as secretaries, modify the user's calendar. Updates by second parties can register events that can occur days or years into the calendar. The user lacks a practical method for discovering where new entries occur on their calendar. Users can literally spend hours scanning through their calendar entries to discover all newly added events. In addition, users must often browse through redundant entries for which they have previously viewed numerous times. Although, prior art allows for contextual searches, prior art has failed to address the viewing state of the calendar.

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Mechanism for

User-Viewing

State

Calendar

      Often times a user is not aware of key words within a calendar
entry.  This makes it difficult for users to conduct searches within
a calendar service.  Often times second parties, such as secretaries,
modify the user's calendar.  Updates by second parties can register
events that can occur days or years into the calendar.  The user
lacks a practical method for discovering where new entries occur on
their calendar.  Users can literally spend hours scanning through
their calendar entries to discover all newly added events.  In
addition, users must often browse through redundant entries for which
they have previously viewed numerous times.  Although, prior art
allows for contextual searches, prior art has failed to address the
viewing state of the calendar.  It is desirable to present a list of
calendar entries not previously seen by the user.

      This article describes a mechanism that maintains a viewing
state on a users's personal calendar.  It allows the user to be
presented with a list of events for which the user has not previously
seen.  A viewing state attribute is associated with each entry within
the calendar.  Upon a user updating the calendar, i.e., adding a new
event, the service compares the user's logon identity to that of the
calendar owner.  If the calendar owner is different from the user
performing the update, then the viewing attribute acquires a FALSE
value.  This is an indication that it was not t...