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Persistent Reminders: Creation and Expiration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109081D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Many electronic office systems implement reminder functions. Typically, the reminder function allows the user to set a date and time when the reminder should be delivered. Then, at the appropriate date/time, the user receives a set of data intended to remind the user of an event or of some important information. Regardless of the sophistication of the reminder system, it is possible that the system will be unable to deliver the reminder to the user at the specified time. Specifically, there is no adequate mechanism for creation and expiration of "persistent" reminders.

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Persistent Reminders: Creation and Expiration

       Many electronic office systems implement reminder
functions.  Typically, the reminder function allows the user to set a
date and time when the reminder should be delivered.  Then, at the
appropriate date/time, the user receives a set of data intended to
remind the user of an event or of some important information.
Regardless of the sophistication of the reminder system, it is
possible that the system will be unable to deliver the reminder to
the user at the specified time.  Specifically, there is no adequate
mechanism for creation and expiration of "persistent" reminders.

      Reminders that cannot be delivered at the time requested,
termed "expired" fall into one of three categories:
o    An expired reminder that has no value after expiration
("transitory")
      An example of this type is a reminder to attend a meeting or
watch a television show.  Once the time has past, there is little
value in the reminder.
o    An expired reminder that has some value once it expires
(persistent); however, the value of the expired reminder only lasts
for a specified period of time.
      An example is a reminder to call for lunch reservations.  If
the reminder was to be delivered at 8:30, it will still have value at
9:30 or 10:30. However, after 11:30, it has no value.
o    An expired reminder that has value after it expires
(persistent), and its value will continue into the foreseeable
future.
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