[kdepim-users] Limited by Ical or Vcard

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Sun Mar 7 11:55:38 GMT 2010

On Sunday 07 March 2010, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> I am curious as to the design goals of KDE PIM. I know that the suite
> is intended to be standards-compliant (I wouldn't use it otherwise)
> however the standards may limit features in some cases. In these
> cases, vcard custom fields can be used but of course other
> applications would not handle the data in the same way.

Obviously. That's the whole point of standards. OTOH, nobody can stop us 
from extending the standards via custom fields that are supported by all 
KDE applications.

> See this bug
> report as an example:
> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=222684
> That bug requests a great feature that would let the user at a glance
> query to see which pizza restaurant is open on Friday at 02:30 in the
> morning. Or to see which museums will be open when your old friend
> comes to visit, or which pharmacy is open on Saturday when your child
> is sick. Or countless other opening-hour related issues that happen
> in real life.

I'm storing this kind of information since years in the custom fields of 
my trusty Palm Vx. Of course, it would be non-trivial (but not 
impossible) to sync this information with Kontact because somehow 
Kontact would have to know that it has to map those custom fields in my 
Palm to the appropriate "Opening Hours" custom field in the vCard. This 
mapping would have to be setup by the user.

We do already have the birthday resource which shows all birthdays 
defined in the address book in the calendar. Showing opening hours the 
same way would be very easy (once we have decided on a "standard"), but 
also not really usable because the calendar would be flooded with 
parallel events. Anyway, I don't see what the problem with iCalendar or 
vCard is as both support custom information.

If you want to extend the standards then please do not hesitate to get 
involved with the standardization groups or at least to propose your 
features to those groups.

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