Some good news on calendaring!

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There’s been a flurry of items of interest on calendaring interoperability that might add up to an indication of gathering momentum on this long overdue area.

The CalDAV spec for “accessing, managing, and sharing calendaring and scheduling information” was given official RFC (Request for Comment) status by the IETF, becoming RFC 4791. That gives CalDAV an official status within the Internet community that should encourage widespread adoption.

Membership in the CalConnect calendaring consortium continues to grow, with Google being the latest member to join. Google Calendar product manager Shirin Oskooi said this about joining: “We believe it is important to work towards a unified standard around announcing, discovering, and publishing events and to work towards overall interoperability. To this end, CalConnect’s goals are right in line with Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and to make it universally accessible and useful.” Now if only we could get that other high tech company across the lake to join…

InfoWeek has an article on Apple’s fortchoming Leopard server software release that talks about the support for CalDAV within the iCal server. And Apple is touting the support for CalDAV in the forthcoming iCal desktop software. That means that you’ll be able to use iCal to access CalDAV servers whether they’re Apple’s own or somebody else’s.

I hope I’m not just being overly optimistic in feeling like this is beginning to all add up to something – we’ve desperately needed interoperable calendaring for years!

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