xCal: The XML Format for iCalendar
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, softwire mailing list <email@example.com>, softwire chair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'xCal: The XML format for iCalendar' to Proposed Standard (draft-daboo-et-al-icalendar-in-xml-10.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'xCal: The XML format for iCalendar' (draft-daboo-et-al-icalendar-in-xml-10.txt) as a Proposed Standard This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF Working Group. The IESG contact person is Peter Saint-Andre. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-daboo-et-al-icalendar-in-xml/
Technical Summary This specification defines "xCal", an XML representation of the iCalendar data format specified in RFC 5545. iCalendar is a widely deployed interchange format for calendaring and scheduling data. While many applications and services consume and generate calendar data, iCalendar is a specialized format that requires its own parser/generator. In contrast, XML-based formats are widely used for interoperability between applications, and the many tools that generate, parse, and manipulate XML make it easier to work with than iCalendar. xCal is defined as a straightforward mapping into XML from iCalendar, so that iCalendar data can be converted to XML, and then back to iCalendar, without losing any semantic meaning in the data. Anyone creating xCal calendar data according to this specification will know that their data can be converted to a valid iCalendar representation as well. Working Group Summary This document is not the product of an IETF Working Group. Document Quality The document has been reviewed on the email@example.com list, and also on the firstname.lastname@example.org list to ensure consistency with the XML representation of vCard. The calendar+xml media type registration was first posted to the media type review list on 2010-09-02 and all feedback was incorporated. There are several implementations completed or in progress. In addition, OASIS is making this specification the basis of their WS-Calendar work, which is expected to induce further implementations. Personnel The Document Shepherd / Responsible Area Director is Peter Saint-Andre.