Calendars on Mailing Lists

13 April, 2005 at 20:13 Leave a comment

See, Joe and I have a mailing list that all of our friends, mainly in the Boston area, use for group communication. Most of the time the traffic on the list is of the form, ‘Hey, Kelly is having a party this weekend; here’s the invitation.’ Or, ‘Anyone want to go to New York to see The Life Aquatic next week?’ Or other things of this nature.
Robert and I were talking recently, and we realized that this mailing list is essentially a calendar. A calendar with no way to get a view of what’s happening on what days or who’s coming to what without reading all the mails and constructing a view in your head. A calendar that we are running on mailing list software.
So we want to try to replace, or at least augment, our mailing list with a shared calendar. One of the first steps is to allow calendar publication, so that people can maintain social calendars that their friends subscribe to (‘here’s the cool sutff that’s going on in Boston’); later, we can make group calendars with multiple writers.
The new URL scheme will also be an important step to support CalDAV in the future, which we’ll probably start on in earnest next month, and which we’ll need to work with Sunbird and Chandler.


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