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Direct Entry from Different Calendar Views through I-beam Pointer Extension Techniques

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108449D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

King, CD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design approach to accommodate different user's models in a calendar application by allowing them to maintain their calendars through DIRECT ENTRY from any chosen view. I-beam pointer extension techniques are also proposed to overcome the problem of typing space.

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Direct Entry from Different Calendar Views through I-beam Pointer Extension Techniques

       Disclosed is a design approach to accommodate different
user's models in a calendar application by allowing them to maintain
their calendars through DIRECT ENTRY from any chosen view.  I-beam
pointer extension techniques are also proposed to overcome the
problem of typing space.

      People have different preferences of using different types of
calendar (i.e., daily, weekly and monthly calendar).  A good calendar
design must be capable of switching user's models rapidly to
accommodate different user needs, bringing into play different
expectations

      Calendar users should be allowed to directly enter data from
all different views.  A physical calendar metaphor would treat
calendars as pages of paper and people can write things on them.
That is, people can turn pages for different days, weeks or months;
they can also write down almost anything in any form on calendar
pages.  The I-beam pointer has been used in many editors which
indicates that the pointer is over an area where text can be typed or
selected.  Therefore, using the I-beam pointer on different calendar
views as entry field will naturally satisfy user's writing needs.  It
is faster and closer to the user's mental models.

      I-beam pointer extension techniques are proposed to enhance
direct entry flexibility.  A dialog box similar to the daily view
will pop up to expand writing space.  T...