Free Time Grid for a Calendar Display
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Currently, most free time search requests require that the programs analyze the appointment records of many calendar users; it then returns to the requester a list of dates and times when all the members of the group are available. The problem with this method is twofold: a) time delay due to analysis and I/O performed, especially for a large group of calendar users, and b) the probability is such that with a group of more than five to 10 members the results will return dates eight times many days in the future when the appointments have not yet been scheduled. In accordance with the invention, a grid record, one for each individual each day, is dynamically created when the first appointment for the day is scheduled and deleted dynamically when the last appointment for the day is removed.