[Standards] [XEP-0097] reviving iCal in XMPP

Goffi goffi at goffi.org
Fri Sep 9 09:18:24 UTC 2016


We would like to use events in XMPP and the logical thing would be to use 
iCal. After having a quick look, I found that there is already the XEP-0097 
which do that, but it has been untouched since 2003(!). I have contacted the 
author using the email declared in the XEP, but I'm not sure if it's still 
valid and I have little hope to have an answer to be honest.

So if I can reach the author and if he agrees, or if we have no news, I would 
like to maintain this XEP and update it. First I would be able to use these 
events with <iq> stanza in addition to <message>.

Also I wonder what do you think about the way it is done. I think it's 
perfectly logical to use iCal which is already a standard and which is 
transport agnostic, but the bad side is that it is not XML, so a client would 
need a specific parser (the basic information are not difficult to parse 

As a first concrete usecase we have been talking with mathieui about using it 
to create a new XEP for declaring maintenance periods in XMPP servers (an 
event with a well known namespace saying that a server will be off at a 
certain date for an expected amount of time).

So feedback welcome


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