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Graphical Presentation of Free Time Search Results

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119318D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Griffin, DL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a graphical technique for displaying the results of a free time search among potential meeting attendees. In calendar applications, the scheduler of a meeting may specify the requested attendees for a particular meeting. Often, the scheduler wishes to identify two types of attendees. Required attendees are people who must confirm attendance of a meeting in order for it to take place. Optional attendees are people who are invited, but not required in order to hold the meeting. Current techniques for finding free time among the attendees require the meeting scheduler to perform two searches. The first search is performed on the required attendees, producing a list of times meeting the search requirements. A second search would be performed on the optional attendees.

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Graphical Presentation of Free Time Search Results

      This article describes a graphical technique for
displaying the results of a free time search among potential meeting
attendees. In calendar applications, the scheduler of a meeting may
specify the requested attendees for a particular meeting.  Often, the
scheduler wishes to identify two types of attendees.  Required
attendees are people who must confirm attendance of a meeting in
order for it to take place.  Optional attendees are people who are
invited, but not required in order to hold the meeting. Current
techniques for finding free time among the attendees require the
meeting scheduler to perform two searches.  The first search is
performed on the required attendees, producing a list of times
meeting the search requirements.  A second search would be performed
on the optional attendees.  The scheduler would have to visually
compare the two search results lists in order to determine when to
schedule the meeting.

      Disclosed is a graphical technique for displaying the output of
the search, so that only one search need be performed. Using this
technique, the scheduler would describe the properties of the search,
such as meeting duration and a day by which the meeting should be
held.  The required and optional attendees are then listed using
current user interaction techniques, such as typing in the names of
the attendees or dragging them from an address book using the mouse.
When the search is co...