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Graphical Indicator for Calendar Days that have Out of Sync Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110387D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 105K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dawson, CA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Assume a client-server calendar application that uses legacy applications like OfficeVision/VM* and OfficeVision*/MVS for its service and that has a graphical front-end running in OS/2* or DOS Windows**. Also, assume the design point for this application requires that some part of the server data is shadowed locally on the client for the end user to work with. This local data enhances performance and permits disconnected user support.

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Graphical Indicator for Calendar Days that have Out of Sync Data

       Assume a client-server calendar application that uses
legacy applications like OfficeVision/VM* and OfficeVision*/MVS for
its service and that has a graphical front-end running in OS/2* or
DOS Windows**.  Also, assume the design point for this application
requires that some part of the server data is shadowed locally on the
client for the end user to work with.  This local data enhances
performance and permits disconnected user support.

      Current* with OV/VM workgroup support is a good working model
of this kind of application, and it represents the state of the art
for this kind of direct connect application.

      All the user's host data is shadowed on the PC.  The
performance and storage implications are obvious.  However, the user
can determine how much data to shadow on the PC.  This is called the
synchronization range.

      The problem with the current solutions is that there is no way
to tell if the day has shadowed data or not.  This is perceived as a
data integrity problem by users.  A user may be looking at a day that
has not had data shadowed from the host, and it appears they have no
events scheduled on that day.  Or, events may have been added on the
PC, and it looks like those are the only events scheduled, but there
are more that exist on the host.  This user needs some kind of
indication that the data they are viewing may not be complete.

      The calendar application has three different views: daily,
weekly, and monthly.  The graphical views (weekly and monthly) allow
the use...