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[whatwg] [WA1] Markup for vCalendar and vCard

From: Brad Neuberg <bkn3@columbia.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 11:29:23 -0800
Message-ID: <6.2.1.2.2.20050218112823.0266cdb0@pop.mail.yahoo.com>
Have you seen Tantek's work with hCalendar, which is basicly the iCal 
standard translated into XHTML? It's very clean and seems like a nice 
ancillary standard that could be included with WA:

http://developers.technorati.com/wiki/hCalendar

At 05:07 AM 2/18/2005, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>    I've been pondering my earlier post regarding calendars in WA1:
>
>http://listserver.dreamhost.com/pipermail/whatwg-whatwg.org/2005-February/003046.html
>
>    While I like the idea, it seems to introduce too many tags, so I've 
> simplified things a bit. The element <cattr> will now be called <vattr> 
> and will be used in place of <cdatetime> and <csummary>. This may seem to 
> general, but if you look at a vCalendar example, it's pretty straight 
> forward. Here's a vCalendar from the hCalendar spec 
> (http://developers.technorati.com/wiki/hCalendar):
>
>| BEGIN:VCALENDAR
>| PRODID:-//XYZproduct//EN
>| VERSION:2.0
>| BEGIN:VEVENT
>| URL:http://www.web2con.com/
>| DTSTART:20041005
>| DTEND:20041007
>| SUMMARY:Web 2.0 Conference
>| END:VEVENT
>| END:VCALENDAR
>
>    Now here's how I propose we handle the same information in WA1 markup:
>
>| <vcalendar>
>|   <vattr name="prodid" value="-//XYZproduct//EN"
>|   <vattr name="version" value="2.0"></vattr>
>|   <vevent>
>|     <vattr name="url" value="http://www.web2con.com/"></vattr>
>|     <vattr name="dtstart" value="2004-10-05"></vattr>
>|     <vattr name="dtend" value="2004-10-07"></vattr>
>|     <vattr name="summary" value="Web 2.0 Conference"></vattr>
>|   </vevent>
>| </vcalendar>
>
>    It's fairly simple, and it can be transformed directly into a 
> vCalendar and back. The idea is quite similar for vCards. Let's look at 
> and example from the hCard spec (http://developers.technorati.com/wiki/hCard):
>
>| BEGIN:VCARD
>| VERSION:3.0
>| N:?elik;Tantek
>| FN:Tantek ?elik
>| URL:http://tantek.com
>| END:VCARD
>
>    This translates into the following markup:
>
>| <vcard>
>|   <vattr name="version" value="3.0"></vattr>
>|   <vattr name="n" value="?elik;Tantek"></vattr>
>|   <vattr name="fn" value="Tantek ?elik"></vattr>
>|   <vattr name="url" value="http://tantek.com"></vattr>
>| </vcard>
>
>    As you can see, the markup structure mirrors the vCard structure and 
> contains the same attribute names and information. It would be trivial to 
> parse this information and convert it to vCard format.
>
>    Here's the same two examples with fallback content:
>
>| <vcalendar>
>|   <table>
>|     <caption>Upcoming Events</caption>
>|     <tr>
>|       <th>URL</th>
>|       <th>Start Date</th>
>|       <th>End Date</th>
>|       <th>Summary</th>
>|     </tr>
>|     <vevent>
>|     <tr>
>|       <td><vattr name="url">http://www.web2con.com/</vattr></td>
>|       <td><vattr name="dtstart">2004-10-05</vattr></td>
>|       <td><vattr name="dtend">2004-10-07</vattr></td>
>|       <td><vattr name="summary">Web 2.0 Conference</vattr></td>
>|     </tr>
>|     </vevent>
>|   </table>
>| </vcalendar>
>
>| <vcard>
>|   <vattr name="version" value="3.0"></vattr>
>|   <vattr name="n" value="?elik;Tantek"></vattr>
>|   <div id="tc" class="vcard">
>|     <p><vattr name="fn">Tantek ?elik</vattr></p>
>|     <a href="http://tantek.com">
>|      <vattr name="url">http://tantek.com</vattr>
>|     </a>
>|     <button type="button" onclick="return addContact('tc')">
>|       Add to contact list...
>|     </button>
>|   </div>
>| </vcard>
>
>    Comments welcome.

Brad Neuberg, bkn3 at columbia.edu
Senior Software Engineer, Rojo Networks
Weblog: http://www.codinginparadise.org

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