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Method of Resolving Overlap Conflict of Calendar Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111558D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An electronic calendar user will frequently discover meeting conflicts on the calendar, such as Meeting A starting at 9:00 A.M. and ending at 11:00 A.M., and Meeting B spanning from 10:00 A.M. to Noon. Of course, the user cannot attend both meetings at the same time during the hour of conflict from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., so the user decides which one to attend during the overlapping hour. However, the user's one hour absence from one of the meetings could have an unexpected effect on that meeting, and the originator of that meeting might want to be informed of this user's decision to miss one hour of the meeting. For example, if half of the attendees will be missing half of the meeting, the originator might want to reschedule it.

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Method of Resolving Overlap Conflict of Calendar Events

      An electronic calendar user will frequently discover meeting
conflicts on the calendar, such as Meeting A starting at 9:00 A.M.
and ending at 11:00 A.M., and Meeting B spanning from 10:00 A.M.  to
Noon.  Of course, the user cannot attend both meetings at the same
time during the hour of conflict from 10:00 A.M.  to 11:00 A.M., so
the user decides which one to attend during the overlapping hour.
However, the user's one hour absence from one of the meetings could
have an unexpected effect on that meeting, and the originator of that
meeting might want to be informed of this user's decision to miss one
hour of the meeting.  For example, if half of the attendees will be
missing half of the meeting, the originator might want to reschedule
it.  The attendee needs an automated method of showing on the
calendar how the conflict is being resolved, and the originator needs
a method of being automatically informed of the attendee's plans.

      This system provides a method of automatically resolving
conflicting calendar events per direction from the user.  In
addition, this system will inform the originator and, optionally,
other attendees of any change in plans due to conflicting meetings.

      Continuing with the above example of Meeting A from 9:00 A.M.
to 11:00 A.M.  and Meeting B from 10:00 A.M.  to Noon, the user
simply selects these two entries, then initiates the Automatic
Co-Alignment (ACA) f...