XML for resource scheduling / calender management
Ted Carroll & Claire Samson
106551.310 at compuserve.com
Fri Nov 6 20:32:19 GMT 1998
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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