why did you develop kolab xml format?

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Sat Feb 9 12:33:39 CET 2008

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On Wednesday 06 February 2008, you wrote:
> Am Dienstag, 5. Februar 2008 schrieb Gunnar Wrobel:
> Hi,
> > > I'm interested in groupware developing and just subscribed to ask
> > > you a question. I couldn't find an explanation about your
> > > motivation not to use vCard and vCal anymore, but to develop an
> > > XML format.
> >
> > I think the original reasons were that vCal did not provide all the
> > functionaltiy to match the requirements to cope for the different
> > clients.
> No, it was not about lack of functionality but for other reasons
> including but not limited to:
> iCal and vCard standards are very complex, featureful, and offer a
> superset of overlapping functionality. (A typical multi-vendor
> standard).
> They are difficult to parse and hard to extend. The later is
> especially importand if you intend to match the OL/Ex functionality
> 1:1.

FWIW: The IETF is forming a new working group to look at updates to the 
vCard format (RFC2426). (See attached message.)

I think you should join the working group for making sure that at least 
some of the short-comings of the vCard format you've observed are 

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