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Graphical Technique for Changing Meeting Durations in Calendars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119364D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This article describes a graphical technique for extending the ending time or advancing the beginning time of a meeting. In calendar applications it is quite common to change the duration of a meeting by changing the beginning or ending time or both. 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 Changing Meeting Durations in Calendars

      This article describes a graphical technique for
extending the ending time or advancing the beginning time of a
meeting. In calendar applications it is quite common to change the
duration of a meeting by changing the beginning or ending time or
both. 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 changing the
beginning or ending times of calendar events using a pointing device,
typically a mouse.  Changing the event beginning time is accomplished
by pressing mouse button 2 while positioned near the top of the
vertical busy bar.  (For horizontal busy bars, the mouse pointer
would be placed near the left end of the busy bar.)  Changing the
event end time is accomplished by pressing mouse button 2 while
positioned near the bottom of the vertical busy bar. (For horizontal
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