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Using Direct Manipulation to Set an Alarm

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107764D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for setting an alarm using direct manipulation. Currently, there is no method for setting an alarm by direct manipulation. The user wants to set alarms to remind him of significant events (e.g., meetings that he must attend or work assignments that are due, etc.). These events or notes would most likely be found in the user's office calendar. A method to set alarms for these already-recorded events through direct manipulation (i.e., dragging and dropping) is needed.

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Using Direct Manipulation to Set an Alarm

       This article describes a method for setting an alarm
using direct manipulation. Currently, there is no method for setting
an alarm by direct manipulation. The user wants to set alarms to
remind him of significant events (e.g., meetings that he must attend
or work assignments that are due, etc.).  These events or notes would
most likely be found in the user's office calendar.  A method to set
alarms for these already-recorded events through direct manipulation
(i.e., dragging and dropping) is needed.

      A new icon that looks like an alarm clock should be created.
When opened, this icon lists all of the already-scheduled alarms that
are set. The user can set an alarm for an event (such as a meeting
that is already in the user's calendar) by direct manipulation:
      o    The user moves the mouse to the calendar event, presses
and holds button 2 down, and drags the event and drops it on the
alarm clock icon.
      o    The icon will open a dialog box which contains the
information about the event:
           -    Description of the event
           -    Date and time (obtained from the calendar)
           -    Type of alarm and the tune it plays (obtained from
alarm clock properties)
           -    How many minutes before the event the user wishes to
have the alarm sound (defaults to value from the last alarm set).
           -   ...