If we're ever going to share calendars, we have to insist on interoperability between them all. Let's drain the swamp!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Calendars as a general case? Not so fast
Dan Farber: "As is generally the case with software, calendars are tethered to specific platforms, which makes it difficult to ensure interoperability."
Not so fast. Look at these data types in software which are already generally interoperable:
Rich text files
MP3 audio files
RSS feeds & aggregators
AVI video files
While more can be done in all the above areas, and in compound document interoperability, I object to sweeping generalizations that perpetuate the very acute interoperability problems that have vexed computer-based calendars ever since IBM's mainframe-based PROFS ceased to be the de facto standard.