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Features of a new Mail System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020709D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

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Calendars may show dates and times and allow users to send and receive invitations for meetings. With sophisticated systems, such as Lotus Notes*, users can also create repeating calendar entries. Disclosed ist a mechanism for impoved maintenance of repeating calendar entries.

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Features of a new Mail System

1 Introduction and Problem

State-of-the-art e-mail systems such as Lotus Notes* provide the user with the option of maintaining a calendar. Calendar entries can be single instances or repeating events. Repeating events refer to entries that occur with some regularity, such as a task force meeting that occurs on every Wednesday at 4:00 pm. Events may repeat each day, week, month, year, or at some other interval. Current calendaring systems do not permit the easy management and visualization of repeating events. Thus, it is beneficial to provide a method and system for managing and viewing these particular kinds of events in a convenient manner.

2 Proposed solution

    One proposed solution is a calendar that can be used to reflect all repeating calendar entries on an overview page or pages. Figure 1 gives an example of how a repeating-event calendar may look to a user.

Figure 1: Example of a repeating-event view in a calendar

    Color indicates the period of repetition. For example, one color is used to indicate a weekly period, and another is used for a daily or monthly period. In a

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preferred embodiment, colors progress as in the colors of a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), and the "hot" colors like red and orange refer to rapid repetition of events. In this way, a user can get a feel for his life's schedule by glancing at the special repeating-event view of this calendar. Events in this view may be scheduled by the user or by others with access to the user's calendar.

    By examining and comparing the repeating-event view of various different people or potential participants, it may be easier to determine the best possible gap for sc...