Non-Gregorian Recurrence Rules in the Internet Calendaring and Scheduling Core Object Specification (iCalendar)
RFC 7529

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Replaces draft-daboo-icalendar-rscale
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          C. Daboo
Request for Comments: 7529                                    Apple Inc.
Updates: 5545, 6321, 7265                                    G. Yakushev
Category: Standards Track                                    Google Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 May 2015

     Non-Gregorian Recurrence Rules in the Internet Calendaring and
            Scheduling Core Object Specification (iCalendar)

Abstract

   This document defines extensions to the Internet Calendaring and
   Scheduling Core Object Specification (iCalendar) (RFC 5545) to
   support use of non-Gregorian recurrence rules.  It also defines how
   Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV (CalDAV) (RFC 4791) servers and
   clients can be extended to support these new recurrence rules.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Daboo & Yakushev             Standards Track                    [Page 1]
RFC 7529               iCalendar RSCALE Extension               May 2015

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Conventions Used in This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Extended RRULE Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Skipping Invalid Dates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Handling Leap Months  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.3.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   5.  Registering Calendar Systems  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   6.  Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  Use with iTIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  Use with xCal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   9.  Use with jCal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   10. Use with CalDAV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     10.1.  CALDAV:supported-rscale-set Property . . . . . . . . . .  17
   11. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   12. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     12.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     12.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   Appendix A.  xCal RELAX NG Schema Update  . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21

1.  Introduction

   The iCalendar [RFC5545] data format is in widespread use to represent
   calendar data.  iCalendar represents dates and times using the
   Gregorian calendar system only.  It does provide a way to use non-
   Gregorian calendar systems via a "CALSCALE" property, but this has
   never been used.  However, there is a need to support at least non-
   Gregorian recurrence patterns to cover anniversaries, and many local,
   religious, or civil holidays based on non-Gregorian dates.

   There are several disadvantages to using the existing "CALSCALE"
   property in iCalendar for implementing non-Gregorian calendars:

   1.  The "CALSCALE" property exists in the top-level "VCALENDAR"
       objects and thus applies to all components within that object.
       In today's multi-cultural society, that restricts the ability to
       mix events from different calendar systems within the same
       iCalendar object, e.g., it would prevent having both the
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