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Indicate Items Changed When Printing an Electronic Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122377D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 4 page(s) / 143K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Priddy, JE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

One of the functions that secretaries provide is to print updated copies of the electronic calendars used by managers when the manager's schedule has been changed (either through the addition of new items to the calendar or through changes to existing items on the calendar). However, it is not possible for the manager (or anyone else actually), to be able to tell just by looking at the new copy of the calendar what has changed between the new copy and the last copy. In order to tell what is different, either the secretary has to manually indicate on the printed calendar what changes have been made (for example, by using a highlighter), or the manager has to carefully compare the old and new copies looking for differences. Both of these processes are time consuming and prone to errors.

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Indicate Items Changed When Printing an Electronic Calendar

      One of the functions that secretaries provide is to print
updated copies of the electronic calendars used by managers when the
manager's schedule has been changed (either through the addition of
new items to the calendar or through changes to existing items on the
calendar).  However, it is not possible for the manager (or anyone
else actually), to be able to tell just by looking at the new copy of
the calendar what has changed between the new copy and the last copy.
In order to tell what is different, either the secretary has to
manually indicate on the printed calendar what changes have been made
(for example, by using a highlighter), or the manager has to
carefully compare the old and new copies looking for differences.
Both of these processes are time consuming and prone to errors.

      When printing an electronic calendar, the user should be able
to request that those items which are new or have been changed since
the last time the calendar was printed be printed in some way that is
different (e.g., font, color, etc.) from those items which have not
changed.

      Figure 1 shows an example of a calendar printed at 8:00 in the
morning.  Figure 2 shows the the same calendar printed just after
noon, after changes have been made. However, since there are a lot of
items on the calendar, it is difficult to tell what is new and what
has changed. Figure 3 shows how the same calendar could have b...