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Time-Variable Event-Contingent Alarm/Reminder for Calendars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111631D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Electronic calendar systems provide automatic setting of reminders (or 'alarms') based on timing of events. The reminders may be set by the user to notify that user 'n' minutes before any given event. However, different events require varying degrees of notice before the event. For instance, while at work, a business meeting on-site may require only 5 minutes notice, while a dentist appointment across town may require 30 minutes.

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Time-Variable Event-Contingent Alarm/Reminder for Calendars

      Electronic calendar systems provide automatic setting of
reminders (or 'alarms') based on timing of events.  The reminders may
be set by the user to notify that user 'n' minutes before any given
event.  However, different events require varying degrees of notice
before the event.  For instance, while at work, a business meeting
on-site may require only 5 minutes notice, while a dentist
appointment across town may require 30 minutes.

      Current art provides no mechanism by which to automatically set
varying pre-event notification times, based on either type of event,
event content and/or user location.

      Provided is a mechanism which users may specify (or use system
defaults) that reminders be presented at differing amounts of time
before an event based on any combination of the following criteria:

o   Event type (e.g., Personal, Company Confidential, etc.)

o   Event content (e.g., anything containing a specified text string)

o   User location (office, home, travelling, etc.)

o   (May be determined by explicit user input, active badge, etc.)

      Users may then decide that, for example, when at the office,
all business meetings require notification 'x' minutes before, while
all personal items require notification 'y' minutes before.  When
travelling, all reminders could be set an additional 5 (x+5, y+5,
etc.) minutes before, to allow for telephone or conference call
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