Method for automatic management of calendar conflicts.
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-03
Proposed is a method to enhance the usability of a calendaring system to allow for better notification of calendar conflicts.
Method for automatic management of calendar conflicts .
When sending a calendar invitation today, the recipient can accept a calendar invitation even though they have a conflict with another event on their calendar. The requester of the event has no indication that the recipient has accepted this invitation but has one or more conflicting events on their calendar. The proposed idea is to allow the requester more control over their invitation while providing feedback from the recipient to the requester in cases where a conflicting event exists on the recipient's calendar.
The proposed would allow for a requester to associate new rules with the invitation that they are sending out. For instance, preventing the recipient from accepting the initiation on conflict and prevent other events from being accepted or created during this time. Also, preventing the recipient from accepting the invitation on conflict of some subset of the requested time and likewise prevent other events from being accepted or created during this subset of the requested time. Request automatic conflict notification from the recipient on this invitation such that if there exists a conflict on the recipient's calendar the acceptance notification would indicate that the event had been accepted but there exists a calendar conflict. Likewise should the recipient later accept or create a calendar event that conflicts with this already accepted invitation the recipient's calendar would automatically s...