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Method for Preventing Calendar-Posting Errors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111696D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior art allows electronic calendar users to classify selected calendar events by preceding the event with a designation such as "CONF" for confidential events, or "PERS" for personal events. However, if the user makes a mistake in typing the designation, the results are not as expected. To compound the problem, if the user is not aware (as in most cases) that a typographical error (typo) was made, then the user is also unaware that the results are not as expected. This is because the expected results are only manifested on another user's calendar (not from this user's calendar).

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Method for Preventing Calendar-Posting Errors

      Prior art allows electronic calendar users to classify selected
calendar events by preceding the event with a designation such as
"CONF" for confidential events, or "PERS" for personal events.
However, if the user makes a mistake in typing the designation, the
results are not as expected.  To compound the problem, if the user is
not aware (as in most cases) that a typographical error (typo) was
made, then the user is also unaware that the results are not as
expected.  This is because the expected results are only manifested
on another user's calendar (not from this user's calendar).

      For example, a user wishes to classify a particular calendar
event on his/her own calendar as confidential, so he/she attempts to
precede said event with the appropriate designator "CONF".  However,
the user mistakenly types "CONT" in front of the event instead of
"CONF".  Since the user can see his/her own confidential entries
anyway, no other change is anticipated on the user's own calendar,
and none is seen.  The user doesn't realize that the typo was made,
so he/she believes that this event will not be accessible from any
calendar other than those who which the required authorization to
view confidential events for this user.  Meanwhile, since the
characters "CONT" which precede this event are meaningless to the
system, all users are able to view this event.  The user needs a
method whereby the system will offer notification and/or visual
confirmation of event classification whenever said events are subject
to this type of mis-classification.

      This system, demonstrated with a specific example, should be
conside...