- 08 Jan 2003
Timetabling refers to the endemic scheduling problem, such as automatically matching people up for meetings. In universities it's expressed as trying to set up instructors with classes, where instructors are only availabe at certain times or can teach certain classes. It quickly reaches a level of complexity similar to correlating airline flights--freakin impossible.
My selfish suggestion is that Chandler store, as part of the user calendar, meeting time preferences. Someone setting up a meeting could poll users, and their client would auto-respond with their predefined preferences and available hours, based on their current calendar and/or preferences.
I know, it's too much. But it would save so much work, time that could be better spent at http://www.boingboing.net