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Method of Categorizing and Presenting Calendar Information via User-Specified Views

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111554D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Electronic calendar information is commonly presented to the end user in time-specified views such as daily views, weekly views, or monthly views. As calendar usage increases, the amount of data stored and presented likewise increases, and the views become quite busy. As a result, even daily views often contain enough data such that the user must page through several pages of calendar events in order to see all the entries for a single day. The user needs a method of defining calendar views which are based upon an even narrower granularity than a daily view.

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Method of Categorizing and Presenting Calendar Information via User-Specified
Views

      Electronic calendar information is commonly presented to the
end user in time-specified views such as daily views, weekly views,
or monthly views.  As calendar usage increases, the amount of data
stored and presented likewise increases, and the views become quite
busy.  As a result, even daily views often contain enough data such
that the user must page through several pages of calendar events in
order to see all the entries for a single day.  The user needs a
method of defining calendar views which are based upon an even
narrower granularity than a daily view.

      This system provides the user with more specific calendar views
which are user-configurable based upon attributes and/or contents of
calendar entries.  These specialized views are generally sub-views of
the normal views such as daily, weekly, or monthly.  The specialized
views might be described as calendar logs, similar to mail logs
created by the user to house certain categories of mail items.

      The user creates a view and assigns it a name for future
reference.  Views can be created and stored by phrase as a function
of keywords and/or character strings contained in the entry, or as a
function of defined calendar entry attributes such as "CONF" for
confidential or "PERS" for personal.

For example, the user could create these various views:

o   A "personal" view which contains all calendar entries which
    contain the "personal" or "PERS" attribute.

o A "confidential" view which contains all calendar entries
    designated as "confidential" or "CONF".

o   An "invention" view which contains all calendar entries with the
    word "invention" in the entry.

o   A "David" view which contains all calendar entri...