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Graphical Technique for Moving And Copying Meetings in Calendars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119315D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Griffin, DL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a graphical technique for moving calendar meetings between days and between differing times within days. In calendar applications it is quite common to move a meeting from one day to another or change the meeting start time. The meeting scheduler typically selects the meeting and then opens it to allow changes to some aspect of the meeting notice. The change in date or time can then be performed. When the change is committed by using a Save or like action, the meeting is moved.

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Graphical Technique for Moving And Copying Meetings in Calendars

      This article describes a graphical technique for moving
calendar meetings between days and between differing times within
days. In calendar applications it is quite common to move a meeting
from one day to another or change the meeting start time.  The
meeting scheduler typically selects the meeting and then opens it to
allow changes to some aspect of the meeting notice.  The change in
date or time can then be performed.  When the change is committed by
using a Save or like action, the meeting is moved.

      For purposes of this disclosure, a "busy bar" is defined as a
visual indication of a meeting which covers some period of time.  The
busy bar is typically presented as a line, either vertically or
horizontally, where the line length represents the duration of the
meeting.  Also, in this disclosure the terms "meeting" and "event"
are used synonymously.

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation technique for moving and
copying calendar events using a pointing device, typically a mouse.
Moving an event can be conceived of as changing only the start time
(which includes the date) while maintaining the same event duration.
Copying an event is merely replicating the existing event with a new
start time. Again, the duration of the event is maintained.  Both
moving and copying is accomplished by pressing mouse button 2 while
positioned near the center of the vertical busy bar.  The two
operations are differentiated by the standard direct manipulation
override keys; specifically CTRL...