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Introduction

Software used to manage tasks/plannings/agenda (like Outlook, Lightning, Webcalendar, etc) can manage 3 different notions (normalized in norm RFC2445) that are:

  • Event (event in the norm)
  • Task (to-do in the norm)
  • Journal (journal in the norm)

This 3 definitions are nearly similar but they are different terms and are used for different goals. This page describe the differences between each of them.

( If you are curious, you could access the full norm at www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2445.txt ).

Event and rendez-vous (event)

An event (event in the norm), is something to define an action (a instant action or an action with a long duration that is in past or future).

Events has the folowwing properties:

  • A label (In the norm ical: summary)
  • A description (In the ical norm: description)
  • A start date (In the ical norm: dtstart)
  • An end date (In the ical norm: dtend) or a duration (In the ical norm: duration) but it's one or other not both.
  • A location, like a meeting-room for example (In the ical norm: location)
  • A priority (In the ical norm: priority)
  • Transparency (In the ical norm: transp) that says if actors of event are available for this task.
  • A status (try, confirmed or canceled), rarely used.
  • Other less important informations.

Example of use case: This is same thing that what you can find into an Outlook calendar (tab Calendar), Evolution, Thunderbird/Lightning or into Google calendar. We use the "events" to save rendez-vous for exemple, but you can also use them to save a work to do into a date range if you want.

Into Dolibarr: This concept is managed by Module Agenda. Dolibarr has added a percentage. There is also an option to add a type into Dolibarr.

The tasks (to-do)

A task has the following properties:

  • A label (In the ical norm: summary)
  • A description (In the ical norm: description)
  • A start date (In the ical norm: dtstart)
  • An end date (In the ical norm: due) or a duration (In the ical norm: duration) but one or other not both.
  • A percentage of accomplishment (In the ical norm: percent-complete).
  • A priority (In the ical norm: priority).
  • A status (running, confirmed or canceled)
  • Other informations less important.

Example of use case: This is same thing that you can found into Outlook Tasks feature (tab Tasks), Evolution or Thunderbird/Lightning. We use then in most cases to manage projects.

Into Dolibarr: This concept is managed by Module Projects.

The journals (journal)

A journal entry is an information. It has following properties:

  • A label
  • A description
  • An information date
  • A location
  • A status (draft, confirmed, deleted).
  • Other information less important.

Example of use case: Manage a personal diary.

Into Dolibarr: This concept is rarely used and does not exists in any standard module provided with Dolibarr.