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14.2. Internet Free/Busy

If you've ever tried to arrange a meeting with a group of people, you know all about the inherent frustrations involved. You invite ten people, six of them vital to the agenda topics. One day before the meeting, two of the six cancel due to prior commitments. The meeting needs to be rescheduled, and the process of trying to arrange a suitable time starts all over again.

The concept behind Internet Free/Busy (IFB) is this: post people's schedules in a central location that can be accessed by others, and make this information readily available to client software so it can be used by the program's calendaring component. It's a great idea, but to use IFB successfully you must overcome two obstacles:


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