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Designation of Alternate Receipients for Reminders

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110030D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

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. Specifically, there is no adequate mechanism for designating alternate recipients for reminders.

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Designation of Alternate Receipients for Reminders

       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.  Specifically, there is no adequate mechanism for
designating alternate recipients for reminders.

      For reminders that cannot be delivered at the requested time,
termed "expired", it may be appropriate to deliver the reminder to a
specified alternate user.  For example, suppose an executive is in a
meeting in a conference room (and therefore has logged off or
disconnected his/her terminal) and the meeting runs overtime.
Additionally, assume that the executive has set a reminder to catch
an airplane flight.  Obviously, continuing to remind the executive
via his disconnected terminal will not provide the desired result of
alerting the executive of the upcoming flight. Since the executive is
not available, it seems appropriate that he/she would want someone
else reminded of the event (for example, the secr...