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   XML for resource scheduling / calender management

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  • From: Ted Carroll & Claire Samson <106551.310@compuserve.com>
  • To: XML list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 15:30:11 -0500

I've been interested in software for scheduling groups of resources,
such as staff members within a workgroup, organising meeting rooms
within a company or booking equipment - as a way of producing a 'virtual'
office wall planner'.  I've developed a multi-user program for this 
type of activity and have also developed a free-standing viewer for 
displaying a virtual 'wall planner' file.  This uses XML - XML
provides a good way of formating fairly complex data of this type.
XML is also used to allow remote updates to the schedule - i.e. a 
remote request to book a room could be made using a small applet 
that sends a message in the appropriate XML format.

I would be interested to know if anyone on the list is aware of
any other developments in the use of XML for diary information
such as maintaining shared calendars/scheduling information.  I am 
sure there is a huge potential for an open format based on XML.  

The free software (both the multi-user program and the XML-based 
'wall planner' viewer can be downloaded from www.screenplan.com  

(It's Windows 95/98/NT at the moment - a Java viewer may follow!)


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