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Automatic Rescheduling of Electronic Calendar Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111623D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR

Abstract

There is currently no way to automatically reschedule events that have been posted to the electronic calendar.

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Automatic Rescheduling of Electronic Calendar Events

      There is currently no way to automatically reschedule events
that have been posted to the electronic calendar.

      The concept of this invention is most easily illustrated with
the following example:  Suppose that on October 15, John sends out a
meeting notice from his electronic calendar, scheduling a meeting for
Monday, November 2, at 1:00 P.M.  Bob receives the meeting notice,
views it, and opts to have it posted automatically to his own
calendar by pressing the appropriate PF Key.  When Bob views his
calendar for November 2, the 1:00 P.M.  meeting appears.  Then later,
on October 22, John realizes that a conflict exists for the November
2 meeting, and he opts to reschedule that meeting for Tuesday,
November 3, at 10:00 A.M.  Since there is no automatic rescheduling
feature on the electronic calendar, he creates an entirely new
meeting notice to schedule the Tuesday 10:00 A.M.  meeting; adds an
explanation in the Meeting Description explaining that this meeting
notice is just the rescheduling of the Monday 1:00 P.M.  meeting
instead of a new meeting, and that recipients of this notice should
now delete the Monday 1:00 P.M.  meeting from their calendars; sends
the notice; and, manually deletes the Monday 1:00 P.M.  meeting from
his own calendar.  Meanwhile, Bob receives the new notice, posts the
new meeting to his calendar, and manually deletes the Monday 1:00
P.M.  meeting.

      In fact, several problems are illustrated by this scenario.
The new meeting notice had to be created manually.  The old meeting
notice had to be deleted manually.  The new meeting notice had to
contain an explanation of the rescheduling.  Furthermore, in real
life, Bob likely did not understand that he should delete the old
meeting, as well as add the new one, so he is likely to show up for
the first meet...