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Fast Way of Indicating Out of the Office Status

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109674D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a fast way to update an address-book entry that contains fields indicating whether a person is in or out of the office. Currently, the only way to change the value of these fields is to open that person's address-book entry. Opening one's own address-book entry to change those fields is a frequently used function. Having to open an address-book entry to update this information is sufficiently time consuming so that people are unlikely to do it whenever they leave their office. There currently is not a fast method for indicating a person's absence from the office.

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Fast Way of Indicating Out of the Office Status

       This article describes a fast way to update an
address-book entry that contains fields indicating whether a person
is in or out of the office. Currently, the only way to change the
value of these fields is to open that person's address-book entry.
Opening one's own address-book entry to change those fields is a
frequently used function.  Having to open an address-book entry to
update this information is sufficiently time consuming so that people
are unlikely to do it whenever they leave their office.  There
currently is not a fast method for indicating a person's absence from
the office.

      A new address-book function that allows a fast way to update
the "availability" fields in one's own address-book entry is needed.
This function can be executed by selecting an action-bar item (or a
hot-key combination).  The result is a menu of the valid states of
availability for that user.  Selecting one of these menu items (or
using a hot-key combination) will either cause the value of an
appropriate address-book field to change or present an address-book
entry update window to the user.  The specific action depends on the
state of availability selected.  There is an indicator for each state
of availability:
Travelling   This state indicates that a person is travelling away
from the office (i.e., on vacation or on a business trip).  When the
user chooses this option (via mouse or keyboard action), a date-entry
window containing the appropriate fields is presented.  The user then
updates those fields and saves the ent...