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Expired Reminders: Specifying Alternate Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110029D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 101K

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 some information. These systems provide a variety of functions, including the ability to set reminders for others and the ability to allow the user to specify that he/she should be reminded a number of times, at a specified interval. Since the user may not be connected to the reminder system at a given time, it is possible that the system will be unable to deliver the reminder at that time.

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Expired Reminders: Specifying Alternate Media

       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 some information.  These systems provide a variety
of functions, including the ability to set reminders for others and
the ability to allow the user to specify that he/she should be
reminded a number of times, at a specified interval.  Since the user
may not be connected to the reminder system at a given time, it is
possible that the system will be unable to deliver the reminder at
that time.

      Current art assumes that the user will be connected to the
medium of the reminder service.  There is no mechanism whereby an
alternative medium may be employed to deliver the reminder.

      For reminders that cannot be delivered at the requested time,
termed "expired", via the standard communications medium (the
computer screen), it may be appropriate to attempt to deliver the
reminder via another medium.

      This article specifies a method whereby the user is allowed to
specify other methods of delivering reminders (e.g., facsimile or
pager) without writing programs, building tables, or using operating
system-specific tools.  Additionally, the user is permitted to
specify a sequence of alternate media to deliver the reminder, if the
first attempt is unsuccessful.

      For example, the user may want the system to try a telephone
number first, then yet another telephone number, then a pager number
and, finally, print out a facsimile containing the reminder, if each
preceding attempt is unsuccessful.

      It is important to note that this invention makes innovative
use of existing technology.  Integration of computers and telephones
(telephony) and integration of computers and facsimile machines is
already commercially available.  This invention merely requires that
the reminder service be sufficiently robust to make use of existing
electronic connec...