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Notation for an Annual Calendar Event

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121015D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

A simple method is given for entering annual events into a computer calendar.

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Notation for an Annual Calendar Event

      A simple method is given for entering annual events into
a computer calendar.

      Consider a computer calendar system that allows the user to
enter events into the data base of calendar events. Current art
allows users to type individual entries into computer terminal
screens, or to define a file of event descriptions to be loaded at
once or otherwise processed as calendar events.  For example, a file
of holidays, birthdays, or other annual events may be external to the
calendar data base and loaded with a utility program. Current art
requires the individual entry of these annual events.

      A better way is to have a notation for annual events that
easily allows them to be entered by calendar users. Such a notation
is this:

      YYYYMMDD(Y,nn)   hhmm  hhmm  sec: description where:
 YYYY        is the first year for the annual event
 MMDD        is the month (01-12) and day (01-31) of the annual event
 nn          is the number of years for which the event is to be
recorded
 hhmm  hhmm  is the start or end time of the annual event (or NONE if
not present)
 sec         is the security classification of the event, and
 description is the description of the event

      This method allows the easy entry of annual events, both with
and without start and end times.  The entries may start at other than
the current year and may extend for a fixed number of years into...