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Display of Calendar and Scheduling events within the instant messaging window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000183839D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for the display of Calendar and Scheduling events within an instant messaging window

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Display of Calendar and Scheduling events within the instant messaging window

Display of Calendar and Scheduling events within the instant messaging windowDisplay of Calendar and Scheduling events within the instant messaging window

There is a need for programs that integrate instant messaging with a *Lotus *Notes calendar. Also that do not require the user to click on a tab to see the calendar view in order to access the events. For business people with several events per day this can be time consuming and not user friendly.

In the same window, used by the instant messaging application , show a timeline with colors and patterns to show availability for the rest of the day or next 24 hours below a summary of the upcoming events/meetings, one per line. Hovering with the mouse can provide additional details and clicking on it could provide either the full details or send it to the event in the application where it resides (Lotus Notes, **Microsoft Outlook or similar).

Similarly it can show availability of other users , logged on or not logged on to the instant messaging application.

This can be a time saver as there is no need to start another application to check for both our own schedule and verify availability of others .

Availability Timeline

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The timeline displays in the main *Sametime window just above the list of upcoming events and meetings.

This requires one to look up the time from the user 's calendar and determine booked time slots vs free time slots and represent it as a horizontal bar with color and pattern coded sections for each different time slot . The information is also made available to the Sametime server so that it can be displayed to other users as well . When the time of one event expires, it is removed from the timeline. The client periodically scans for updates in the Calendar system in order to maintain an up to date list of events .

In order to provide consistency across timezones , all data is stored in UTC format.

In case the Calendar system doesn't provide a method for defining standard work hours (that is, the time of each day and days of the week for which the user is available ), this functionality can be presented in the Sametime client or the client c...