Hi all, John Lance here. You may remember me from such past blog postings as "The Month View: To Jellybean or Not to Jellybean" and "Shakespeare and Notes: The Untold Story" (little known fact: Macbeth's "To-morrow, and To-morrow, and To-morrow" speech actually refers to a repeating meeting with McDuff, which, as you may remember, was cancelled with extreme prejudice).
Moving right along...
Today we'll talk about some post Notes 8 Calendar designs, specifically regarding multiple time zones in the calendar. I'd like to focus on the scenario where Samantha is frequenly dealing with offices that are in other time zones, for example, an office in Boston and London, as opposed to a travel/time zone scenario, which we will discuss in the future, promise.
In Notes 7 Samantha would display the time zones for the other office as a secondary time zone column. We are planning to do something similar going forward, with a few modifications.
In Notes 7 when you select a secondary time zone that is offset by other than a single hour (so, for example, 1 hour 30 minutes) the time slot height is affected. That is, the Notes 7 calendar will automatically switch to the 30 minute time slots layout. You cannot switch to a 60 minute time slot. We're planning on changing that. Instead of altering the height of the row we will simply display the corresponding time in that secondary time zone. We are also planning on making the primary time zone the column that is closest to the time slots.
So, if you are using 60 minutes as your time slot length, and you are displaying EST and Newfoundland (which is 1 hour 30 minutes off from EST) then you would see the following:
Now here's where it gets interesting. In a 30 minute time slot view we could do one of two things. We could take the approach of displaying the start of the hour at the 1/2 hour offset, which is essentially what Notes 7 does (example A below) or we could continue aligning the times (example B below). There are a couple arguments for aligning the times, the most obvious being that for the Weds meeting, which starts on a half hour, when you look to the time column there is less likelihood of you mistaking the start time for 9:00.
A last question is this, do you and your business users typically require more then 2 time zones?
Thanks in advance.
Designing the User Experience for Lotus Notes andSametime
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