Contacts/Calendar discussion?

Nicos Gollan gtdev at
Mon Mar 29 18:57:26 EEST 2004

On Fri, 26 Mar 2004 23:05:29 +0000
"Dave Cridland [Home]" <dave at> wrote:

> I'd mention ACAP, but then, I always do. :-)

That looks nice but there doesn't seem to be an implementation

> Naturally, not everyone will want to run an ACAP server, or indeed an
> LDAP server or anything.

The main problem I see with LDAP currently is that it is a true nerd's
plaything with very little clear documentation on the Web (some lengthy
searching got me two tutorials that half-heartedly explained how to do
user authorization and some hundred sites telling me to buy a book).

If there was a simple to maintain little server or daemon running
somewhere that allowed each user to store its addressbooks, cooking,
recipies, calendars and other information without having to go through
tons of dead trees, that'd be a great thing.

Does ACAP allow for user-defined storage classes and ad-hoc extensions
of existing ones? For example, if a mail client absolutely had to store
an identity to post as for some addressbook entries, could it define a
field like "X-SomeClient-MailAs: Masked Stranger"?

> Strikes me that we need an environment variable and/or file with a
> list of URLs in, and some schemes defined which adequately describe
> what to do with local files. (Prepended with 'x-' to indicate they're
> non-standard, of course.)

What we also need is some minimum standard a client conforming to
some spec needs to understand. There is no such standard.

> Calendaring should probably go the same route, I think - if CAP ever
> comes out, being able to specify that that's where your schedule is
> could be very useful. I doubt SoHo users are likely to run a CAP
> server anytime soon, though, so I would imagine filesystem-based
> solutions will be the norm here for a while. At least unless I get my
> way.

What about a "standard" library that handles access to several sources
and can be configured to take its data from local per-user storage, a
local or remote CAP server or line static from the microphone input?

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