Archive for September, 2011

The famous WS-Calendar specification, an xml-based response to iCalendar, moves closer to become an OASIS standard. It makes you wonder why parts 2 and 3 were not adopted. The editing history shows:

1.0 WD25 2011-05-26 William Cox Eliminated remaining references to Parts Two and Three, corrected internal links

Spec: PDF, HTML. Editable source (doc!),
ZIP spec, ZIP Schemas.

We are pleased to announce the approval of an OASIS Committee Specification (CS) by the members of the OASIS Web Services Calendar (WS-Calendar) TC:

WS-Calendar Version 1.0 Committee Specification 01 30 July 2011

The specification includes XML vocabularies for the interoperable and
standard exchange of:
– Schedules, including sequences of schedules
– Intervals, including sequences of Intervals
– Other calendar information consistent with the IETF iCalendar standards

The specification is divided into three parts.
1) The information model and XML vocabularies for exchanging schedule
2) RESTful Services for calendar update and synchronization
3) Web services for calendar update and synchronization

The Technical Committee will publish Parts 2 and 3 in a later version.

Despite its popularity the specification does not meet the high standards of OASIS yet, not to mention ISO formal requirements in drafting. I am confident that the transition of the specification into OASIS would lead to substantial technical improvements.

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