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Icon to Maintain Attendance Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107754D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for using an icon to maintain attendance data. Filling out a time card is one of the tedious, error- prone tasks that most users have to do. There needs to be a fast, easy way for people using an office system to record their attendance and time worked. Currently, most people manually record their arrival and departure times each day. At the end of the week, they manually fill out their time card using that data. There currently is not a simple, elegant iconic method for recording a person's attendance and time worked.

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Icon to Maintain Attendance Data

       This article describes a technique for using an icon to
maintain attendance data. Filling out a time card is one of the
tedious, error- prone tasks that most users have to do. There needs
to be a fast, easy way for people using an office system to record
their attendance and time worked. Currently, most people manually
record their arrival and departure times each day.  At the end of the
week, they manually fill out their time card using that data.  There
currently is not a simple, elegant iconic method for recording a
person's attendance and time worked.

      A new office-window icon that allows a fast way to check "in"
and "out" of the office is needed.  This icon could look like a time
card or a time clock.  The icon will have two visual states:  in and
out.  The state of the attendance icon may be changed by selecting an
action- bar item (or by using a hot-key combination).

      Checking in will result in a change of the icon state from out
to in. It will also record (in a data base) the time the employee
arrived at work.  The employee will also have the opportunity to
indicate reasons for an early or late arrival.

      Checking out will result in a change of the icon state from in
to out. It will also record (in a data base) the time the employee
left work. The employee will have the opportunity to indicate reasons
for an early or late departure.

      The office user may choose to have the offi...