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Author Topic: Methodology of calendar intergration  (Read 5069 times)
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« on: November 16, 2007, 05:45:49 PM »

The request has been made repeatedly for Sciral integration with a calendar program such as iCal or Outlook, but because of the great difference of paradigm between the novel Sciral and the traditional calendar, this is by no means a clear cut task. I'm thrilled to finally find something like Sciral precisely because I could never figure out a reasonable way to handle such tasks using my standard calendars, task lists or project management apps. "Linking" to a calendar will potentially cause the very mess that Sciral was created to eliminate. e.g. I don't want a ToDo item repeating everyday on my calendar for something that I hadn't done yet that isn't urgent. I also don't want my entire list of overdue items showing on today's to do list.

So before even considering any development of such a feature, I'd like to dedicate this thread to walking through how such a feature could actually work in a usable way and whether that way is really so valuable as to be worth the developers time.
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 06:05:58 PM »

One approach could be a feature in Sciral that could post a calendar item "today" for a selected task. For example, I right-click on a task in Sciral and a context menu item appears labeled Add this task to today on calendar. Or even more advanced, it would add to whichever day box in Sciral I clicked on. So I could click a few days ahead and right click and choose Add this task to this day on calendar.

This calendar item could exist completely independent from Sciral so I could move it around or delete it in the calendar without that effecting anything back in Sciral. That would make creating a calendar event quite trivial. The calendar program would be able to take care of syncing that to a PDA.

But perhaps you could include in the created event some kind of URI that could link back to Sciral and a way to quickly mark the event as completed. It could default to assuming it was completed the same day the link was followed. But I don't know how this can be done from another application. Is there a way to add text to a calendar item that could call a script communicating back to Sciral? At a minimum, one that could automatically link to and open the specific Sciral file that created the event would ease maintaining a Sciral schedule up to date. Having to go reopen and look for the correct Sciral file will make that harder to stay on top of.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 06:37:24 PM »

Thanks for your thoughtful suggestions. I will definitely consider some kind of Consistency/calendar integration, although as you point out Consistency was designed for tasks that calendars never were, so there is quite an "impedance mismatch" there to be overcome.
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