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Internet Calendaring and Scheduling Core Object Specification (iCalendar) (RFC2445)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

F. Dawson: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

There is a clear need to provide and deploy interoperable calendaring and scheduling services for the Internet. Current group scheduling and Personal Information Management (PIM) products are being extended for use across the Internet, today, in proprietary ways. This memo has been defined to provide the definition of a common format for openly exchanging calendaring and scheduling information across the Internet.

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Network Working Group F. Dawson

Request for Comments: 2445 Lotus

Category: Standards Track D. Stenerson

Microsoft

November 1998

Internet Calendaring and Scheduling Core Object Specification

(iCalendar)

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

There is a clear need to provide and deploy interoperable calendaring

and scheduling services for the Internet. Current group scheduling

and Personal Information Management (PIM) products are being extended

for use across the Internet, today, in proprietary ways. This memo

has been defined to provide the definition of a common format for

openly exchanging calendaring and scheduling information across the

Internet.

This memo is formatted as a registration for a MIME media type per

[RFC 2048]. However, the format in this memo is equally applicable

for use outside of a MIME message content type.

The proposed media type value is 'text/calendar'. This string would

label a media type containing calendaring and scheduling information

encoded as text characters formatted in a manner outlined below.

This MIME media type provides a standard content type for capturing

calendar event, to-do and journal entry information. It also can be

used to convey free/busy time information. The content type is

suitable as a MIME message entity that can be transferred over MIME

based email systems, using HTTP or some other Internet transport. In

addition, the content type is useful as an object for interactions

between desktop applications using the operating system clipboard,

drag/drop or file systems capabilities.

This memo is based on the earlier work of the vCalendar specification

for the exchange of personal calendaring and scheduling information.

In order to avoid confusion with this referenced work, this memo is

to be known as the iCalendar specification.

This memo defines the format for specifying iCalendar object methods.

An iCalendar object method is a set of usage constraints f...