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Graphical Techniques for Direct Entry Calendars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121392D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for direct interaction with calendars in a graphical manner in order to solve problems with current interaction approaches.

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Graphical Techniques for Direct Entry Calendars

      Provided is a technique for direct interaction with calendars
in a graphical manner in order to solve problems with current
interaction approaches.

      Users are provided with conventional grids for direct entry of
calendar data.  In addition, the following enhancements are provided:
O  Direct manipulation of data entered into the grid to specify event
start/stop times.  Initiating a drag operation creates a token for
the event that is attached to the mouse pointer.  Moving the mouse
causes a graphic to be drawn from the calendar entry.  Closure of the
drag operation terminates the line drawing.
O  Direct entry of data into the grid is allowed for scheduling
multiple events, multiple conflicting events, and entering note
information.
O  Use of these graphic techniques gives a visual indication of
conflicts and eliminates the need for busy bars.
O  Direct manipulation of events for move, copy, extension of times,
etc.

      The techniques apply to all forms and views of calendar.

      The benefits of these techniques include new functionality,
graphical and direct manipulation techniques applied to specify
start/stop times, improved graphics, improved use of screen space,
and consistent with techniques on physical calendars.

      Disclosed anonymously.