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Resizable Free Time Selector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108382D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 99K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baber, RL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The colored blocks in a composite calendar are stacked to represent concurrent events according to time. Blank columns in the graph indicate time which is free for scheduling an event. This available time may be longer than is actually needed; for example, two consecutive hours may be free, though only half an hour is required for a meeting. In addition, there may be multiple blocks of free time in a single day. What is needed is a simple way of indicating: 1) Which block of time is desired. 2) The start and stop times within the block.

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Resizable Free Time Selector

       The colored blocks in a composite calendar are stacked to
represent concurrent events according to time.  Blank columns in the
graph indicate time which is free for scheduling an event.  This
available time may be longer than is actually needed; for example,
two consecutive hours may be free, though only half an hour is
required for a meeting. In addition, there may be multiple blocks of
free time in a single day.  What is needed is a simple way of
indicating:
      1)   Which block of time is desired.
      2)   The start and stop times within the block.

      A solution to this problem could eliminate the dialog box now
used to prompt the user for the information.  The solution is to
provide a resizable "new-event" block usable by the user to indicate
which of the available free time slots he wants to use.  This block
would be of a size and style to discriminate it from the other blocks
representing scheduled events.  Its initial width corresponds to the
time requested for free time search (from an earlier screen, not
shown in the figure).  Once placed in one of the available time
slots, the user could then drag either end in order to change the
start/stop time of the new event to be scheduled. The resizable
new-event block may be dragged to any area of the graph in which
there is time available.  If that area is larger than or equal to the
size of the new-event block, the new-event block retains its curr...