iCal confirmed

July 23rd, 2002

What a difference a weekend makes, and the difference is proof. (/me hums along badly)

Apple reps say they are using iCalendar, and plan to be at the next CalConnect event

ectomort formerly of fusionOne says “Apple’s got plenty of SyncML expirence despite the apparent silence”.

In response to Jason’s excellent overview of the calsch world, I want to say, that calling xCal (another name with venerable history) iCalendar version 3, might be over stating the case a bit. TimBL did do an intial XML/RDF profile of iCalendar, which was largely ignored, and rejected. Since then Frank Dawson, now working with the SyncML folks, has been trying to bring XML to a group that is very pre-Web, focused on BNF grammars, email, and custom protocols, not without a little friction. Notice that in the recently published Guide to Internet Calendaring, June 2002 there is one mention of XML, in the same sentence with the words: “non-standard”, and HTTP.

AaronSW: ” Hmph, TimBL and other W3Cers show them how to convert it to RDF/HTTP and they go and make it XML/BEEP.” LOL

Note: CAP isn’t really using XML, its using XML over BEEP as a transport layer for iCalendar blobs.

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