[ietf-calsify] ORGANIZER as an implicit ATTENDEE
calsify329 at lewenberg.com
Wed Nov 11 12:28:44 PST 2009
The question of whether the ORGANIZER is an implicit ATTENDEE has come
up on this list before. For example, see
From the responses it appears that people believe that the ORGANIZER is
_not_ automatically an ATTENDEE.
However, reading RFC 5545 I see nothing explicit addressing this issue.
Furthermore, there is some language that suggests the *opposite*. In the
section titled "4. iCalendar Object Examples" there is this text:
The "Organizer" has scheduled the meeting with one or more
calendar users in a group.
The ICS provided for this example does _not_ include an attendee for the
organizer. The above language "...has scheduled the meeting WITH
one..." (emphasis added) clearly implies that the organizer is an
attendee of this meeting. (If the preposition in "...scheduled the
meeting with one..." is changed from "with" to "for" that would more
clearly indicate that the organizer is not attending the meeting.)
So, if the RFC wants to make its intentions clear on this question, it
should explicitly stat what meaning is intended.
This is not merely a theoretical question. There are large commercial
calendaring products currently on the market that make the assumption
that the organizer is always an attendee. So, a clarification of this
point would help with interoperability.
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