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Adding "Respond By" Information to the Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111165D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique that allows users to use the "Respond By" information in electronic mail they receive to automatically create "To Do" items in their electronic calendar application.

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Adding "Respond By" Information to the Calendar

      Disclosed is a technique that allows users to use the "Respond
By" information in electronic mail they receive to automatically
create "To Do" items in their electronic calendar application.

      Current e-mail applications allow users to include "respond by"
dates in the notes they send to inform the recipients of when some
action is required.  To the recipient, this information essentially
becomes a "To Do" item.  Many calendar applications allow users to
keep date-oriented "to do" lists.  However, currently there is no
connection to "respond by" information and calendar applications.
Users must add these items manually to their calendars.

      Employing the disclosed technique, when the user receives a
note with a "Respond By"  date specified, an option is provided that
allows the user to automatically create a "To Do" item in the
calendar application.  The item is placed on the calendar date
corresponding to the specified "Respond By" date.  The text of the
item is automatically generated by using hard-coded text such as
"Response due on note regarding:" followed by the insertion of the
note's subject line.  The user would then have the option of
tailoring this description, if so desired.

      An extension of this technique is to allow this option when a
"Respond By" date is not specified, yet the user would like to create
a calendar "To Do" item regarding the note anyway.  This option w...