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Jan. 2nd, 2007 | 12:38 pm

Dear Stupid Web,

Here is a crazy idea.

Every website that has events should publish an ical file. Just like they publish RSS, they should publish their events based on dates. ICS files with VCALENDAR entries are easy to publish.

Today when I look in my browser it looks in the header for a line that looks like this:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://tangent.org/index.pl?node=rss" />

I want to see something like the above with calendaring information. I can subscribe to it, so therefor I want my browser to auto discover it.

Calendaring is more then just shoving it into a database, its about finding events and being alerted to them.

And no, don't just put the events into RSS since my calendaring program doesn't know RSS, it knows about calendaring formats.

Sure my Calendar ought to know how to take a part an RSS stream filled with events but that is another story.

PS: Do vCard entries on all profiles while you are at it :)

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from: omnifarious
date: Jan. 2nd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)

I've been thinking about that problem myself. One issue with calendars is that I would like a publicly available 'busy/free' list to be available to people without necessarily letting them know what I've scheduled. And I would like events I subscribe to to be able to be auto-filled into my publicly available calendar at whatever protection level and level of certainty I choose.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Jan. 2nd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)

I think the trick is to not over complicate the problem. Solve one of the first problems... "what events are out there".

Let people choose what they attend based on their own needs.

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from: kbuytaert
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)

does that for you.

Both RSS and iCAL

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: Upcoming.org

from: krow
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)

That is great, but it needs to come from the sites. When I jump to an O'Reilly page, they should give me their events. I should not be hunting them down at another site.

Sites like Upcoming, ExploitSeattle, and even to some degree Craig's List are aggregators, not content creators.

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