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A method to display a user's calendar for a set time frame when the user hovers the cursor over a time listed in the body of a message

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238509D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that allows a user to quickly view current calendar entries for a specific day and/or time when that day and/or time is presented as text in the body of a message.

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A method to display a user's calendar for a set time frame when the user hovers the cursor over a time listed in the body of a message

When reviewing a message through an email or instant messaging application that references or denotes a time for a meeting or event, users often have to leave the messaging application and open a calendar application in order to check availability for the given time. Some existing clients have widgets in the sidebar for calendar referencing; however, if the widget is not currently viewable, then the user has to open it. This can be tedious and time-consuming for the user.

Current systems allow the user to click on a time and receive an option to add an event to the calendar or show that current time in the calendar.

A method is needed to quickly provide the user with a view of the calendar relating to a

specific time frame/slot when the user hovers the cursor over text that refers to a date and/or time.

The novel contribution is a method that allows a user to quickly view current calendar entries for a specific day and/or time when that day and/or time is presented as text in the body of a message. The user hovers the cursor over the time stated in the message, and then the system displays any current calendar entries for that period. This allows the user to quickly reply to the sender with availability information.

The email client recognizes the current user's time zone. A field in the email message

header lists the time and time zone of the sender (according to Request for Comment (RFC) 2822, there is a Date field; may also use information in Received field).

The user hovers the cursor over the time, and then the system provides a pop-up display of the user's calendar. This display spans across one hour before the given time, the given time, and to one hour after the given time. If the sender lists the time (e.g., 3PM, 3:00, 3:00PM, 3:00P.M., 3:00 pm, 3:00 p.m., 3:00 PM, or 15:00) anywhere in the body of the email, and the sender is in a different time zone, then the email client converts the time so that the pop-up displays the correct time slots for the user's calendar. If the sender has only typed a single number (e.g., 3), then the email client does not recogn...