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Tone Expiration Distributor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109180D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method of using differing audio tones for notifying a user that a particular date/time attribute has expired. Current mail applications allow for a multiplicity of date/time attributes that can be assigned to a distribution (e.g., Action Due Date, Reply By Date, Reply After Date, etc.) A method is desired whereby the recipient is automatically notified at the time of expiration or just preceding the expiration date.

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Tone Expiration Distributor

       This article describes a method of using differing audio
tones for notifying a user that a particular date/time attribute has
expired.  Current mail applications allow for a multiplicity of
date/time attributes that can be assigned to a distribution (e.g.,
Action Due Date, Reply By Date, Reply After Date, etc.) A method is
desired whereby the recipient is automatically notified at the time
of expiration or just preceding the expiration date.

      A Registration service is employed which allows the recipient
to designate particular audio tones to particular date/time
attributes of the distribution.  A Monitoring component determines if
the date/time attribute has expired or is about to expire.  When the
attribute is in the expiration "phase," a table look up process
associates the attribute with the appropriate tone.  A Tone generator
is then invoked, such as the computer's speaker, with the appropriate
frequency to notify the recipient that the date/time attribute is
expired.

      This method differs from traditional alarm notifications by
allowing the user to associate differing tones for differing
attributes.  This technique allows the user to recognize what
attribute is expiring.  Moreover, it allows the reception of mail to
automatically create a reminder event based on the date/time
attributes of the distribution.