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Mini Icon to Indicate Out of the Office

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109669D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a fast way to read an address-book entry that contains fields indicating whether a person is in or out of the office. Currently, the only way to determine the value of these fields is to open that person's address-book entry. Determining whether a person is available is a frequently used function. Having to open an address-book entry to find this information can be time consuming, especially if this information is needed for several people.

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Mini Icon to Indicate Out of the Office

       This article describes a fast way to read an address-book
entry that contains fields indicating whether a person is in or out
of the office.  Currently, the only way to determine the value of
these fields is to open that person's address-book entry.
Determining whether a person is available is a frequently used
function.  Having to open an address-book entry to find this
information can be time consuming, especially if this information is
needed for several people.

      A new address-book mini icon that can contain an out of the
office indicator should be created.  The indicator will be a
graphical image that looks like something that will indicate the
person's availability.  This indicator would appear at the leftmost
position in an address detail container list.  There is an indicator
for each state of availability:
Travelling  If a person is travelling away from the office (i.e., on
vacation or on a business trip), the icon could contain an image of
an airplane.  A user who sees this kind of address-book entry icon
knows that the person is not at work and not available, and that he
may be unavailable for longer than normal.
            In order to enter or leave this state, the person must
update some of the address-book fields that pertain to availability,
such as:
             - Travelling status (i.e., "in", "near", "home", or
"away")
             - Reason for travelling
             - Date returning
             - Time returning
             - Alternate phone number while away
             - Another person to contact while away
             This state is entered whenever the user's travelling
status is "away".
In office   If a person is logged on to office, the icon could
contain an image of a desk.  A user who sees this kind of
address-book entry icon...