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Calendars and Newsletters

From: Paul Ney <Paul_Ney@t-online.de>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 14:17:06 +0100
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First I would like to greet the new W3C website http://www.w3.org -- this is also a demonstration that a large organization could effectively use a sound user friendly website. http://www.w3.org/News/Public/pnews-20091020 was the online version of the "first Public Newsletter created using the new site templates" --  W3C Public Newsletter 2009-10-20.

I feel that there are some problems with event calendars as well as with newsletters containing such informations. Most institutional or other websites contain some event calendar, but no button to download an appropriate file, enabling the user to merge it with his own calendar application. Even some very prestigious institutions mail (electronic) newsletters with lengthy calendar lists. Then the concerned user is left with the task of (mostly) manually processing the calendar information.

Why not use a practical file format -- e.g. CSV -- to post calendars for download or to send them along with the newsletter (attachment)?! As a MS-Win user I could certainly make use of such calendars, but there are other applications too. 

Could/would a W3C body propose to the world the use calendar formats, both on websites as well as in newsletters? Please also demonstrate the way proposing W3C calendars in an appropriate format.

Anybody out there?! ;-)
Best regards,
Paul Ney
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