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Chapter 8. Using iCal > Publishing Calendars

Publishing Calendars

iCal paired with a .Mac account is a powerful combination. With it, you can publish your calendars on your .Mac account so that others can see your schedule and the events you have planned. As a side benefit, you can also view your calendars from anyplace where you have access to a Web browser.

To publish a calendar

In the Applications folder, double-click the iCal icon to open the application.

The main iCal window opens (Figure 8.1).

Figure 8.1. iCal's main interface is pretty simple—familiar visual calendar with all scheduled events on the right, and individual calendars listed on the left. Select a calendar in the list to prepare to publish it.

From the Calendars section on the left, select the calendar you want to publish.

From the Calendar menu, choose Publish (Figure 8.2).

Figure 8.2. When you choose Publish from the Calendar menu, the calendar publishing sheet allows you to name the calendar, specify where it will be pub-lished, and indicate what content is published.

A sheet slides down that lets you control what information is published, as well as where it's published.

In the sheet, do the following (Figure 8.3):

  • In the “Publish calendar as” field, type a name for your calendar. Refrain from using non-alphanumeric characters (such as spaces), or you'll have to use the URL-safe versions of those characters. For example, a calendar titled My Calendar becomes My%20Calendar when listed in a URL. This is simply because URLs can't have spaces, so the space in the calendar name is encoded as %20. Bottom line: Avoid non-alphanumeric characters when publishing a calendar.

  • From the “Publish on” pop-up menu, choose .Mac, if it's not already selected.

  • If you want calendar information updated as it's changed in iCal, check the “Publish changes automatically” check box.

  • To publish the titles and notes for the calendar's events, check the “Publish titles and notes” check box.

  • To publish alarms associated with the selected calendar, check the “Publish alarms” check box.

  • To publish To Do items associated with the calendar, check the “Publish To Do items” check box.

Figure 8.3. Once you've customized how your calendar will be published, click Publish.

Click Publish.

The calendar is uploaded to your .Mac account, and the Calendar Published dialog opens (Figure 8.4). This dialog provides the URL for subscribing to the calendar as well as the URL for viewing the calendar using a Web browser.

Figure 8.4. After you've published a calendar, the Calendar Published dialog appears, giving you several options on what to do next. You can visit the calendar's page, send an e-mail announcing the page, or simply dismiss the dialog by clicking OK.

To open the calendar in your Web browser, click the Visit Page button (Figure 8.5).

Figure 8.5. If you click the Visit Page button after publishing a calendar, the calendar opens in your Web browser.


To generate an e-mail message announcing the calendar in your default e-mail client, click the Send Mail button (Figure 8.6).

Figure 8.6. If you click the Send Mail button after publishing a calendar, an e-mail message is automatically generated in your e-mail client, complete with the details concerning your new calendar.


To dismiss the dialog, click OK.



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