Contacts and Calendars Standard

John Meacham john at
Tue Jul 15 00:22:55 EEST 2003

Also keep in mind that just specifying the file formats isn't very
useful unless an update/locking mechanism is also specified so apps can
actually share the files safely. this is part of the reason Maildir is
so useful, it doesn't have any locking issues and thus is very robust.
Just a thought.

On Mon, Jul 14, 2003 at 01:55:58PM -0700, Keith Packard wrote:
> Around 22 o'clock on Jul 14, Waldo Bastian wrote:
> > I'm not working on any PIM application but vCard and iCalendar sound good.
> > mbox is a somewhat crappy format, I like MailDir (each message in its own 
> > file) better.
> I agree -- attempting to standardize on a local mail format is likely to 
> be quite hard at the current time, and not nearly as interesting as 
> getting standard address book and calendar databases working -- those are 
> shared among multiple applications while mail is largely a world to itself.
> -keith
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