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Put iCal calendar on iPod?
Authored by: brettmjohnson on Sep 11, '02 01:48:56AM
sjarvis wrote: "iCal doesn't seem to export to the vCal format, and iPod doesn't seem to recognize the .ics format..." I puzzled with this for a minute. Apple is making a big deal about it's open standards support. Why would iCal generate a proprietary format? When you look inside a .ics file, however, you will see it is standards compliant. It appears to be RFC 2445 "iCalendar" formatted data. iCalendar is vCalendar V2.0 (I remember reading somewhere the reason for the name change, but I can't remember it now.). iCalendar 2.0 is not new - it is about 4 years old. It doesn't have widespread penetration because Microsoft (and Palm) stayed with the 1.0 specification. Whereas vCalendar 1.0 was designed for simple calendar data interchange, iCalendar 2.0 adds significant dynamic interoperability for network-based scheduling systems. As we know, Microsoft abhors standards - especially those aimed at interoperability between competing systems. Most vCal data you see in the world is vCal 1.0 format, and that is the format the rudimentary calendar support in iPod understands. I expect we will see an iPod software update that understands iCalendar 2.0 formatted data at the same time iSync is released. As I mentioned, iCalendar predates iCal by 4 years, but it seems ideally designed for Apple's latest iApplication - even in its naming convention. Cudos to Apple for pushing another open standard rather than taking a proprietary path. See also:

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