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Shared Address Book with Personal Fields

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106137D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Users are often faced with the maintenance and retrieval of two address books -- a personal address book and a shared address book. When using the personal address book, users must keep information current by copying the information from the shared address book and updating the entry. Users must determine, through comparison, whether the information in the personal address book is current. A technique is disclosed that will simplify the system interface and reduce the user's workload by providing only one, up-to-date address book.

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Shared Address Book with Personal Fields

      Users are often faced with the maintenance and retrieval of two
address books -- a personal address book and a shared address book.
When using the personal address book, users must keep information
current by copying the information from the shared address book and
updating the entry.  Users must determine, through comparison,
whether the information in the personal address book is current.  A
technique is disclosed that will simplify the system interface and
reduce the user's workload by providing only one, up-to-date address
book.

      A technique is provided that allows users to add "personal"
fields to read-only shared address book entries.  While viewing a
shared address book entry, the user would be able to select an "Add
Personal Information" action that would allow the user to type in
personal information associated with the entry.  Information might
include nicknames, home addresses, phone numbers, or other personal
notes.  When the user exits the function, the personal information is
stored in the user's personal storage.  Pointer controls are included
with the information to allow the system to associate the personal
information with the read only fields each time the shared address
book is invoked.

      Additionally, users could access an "Add Personal Entry"
function that would allow them to add a whole new personal entry for
people not included in the shared address book.  This information t...