Network Working Group E. Pot
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CardDAV Address Book Sharing


This specification defines sharing address books between users on a CardDAV server.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Users of CardDAV [RFC6352] often require a mechanism to share an address book with other users.

Sharing address books is for the most part completely implemented using draft-pot-webdav-resource-sharing, but there are a few considerations specific to CardDAV to ensure that certain mechanisms still behaves as expected.

2. Conventions Used in This Document

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

When XML element types in the namespaces "DAV:" and "urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:caldav" are referenced in this document outside of the context of an XML fragment, the string "DAV:" and "CALDAV:" will be prefixed to the element type names respectively.

3. Address book sharing

While the draft-pot-webdav-resource-sharing specification allows sharing of potentially any resource on a server, this specification only concerns itself with sharing address book collections, as defined in CardDAV [RFC6352].

Sharing of resources other than address book collections is not addressed in this specification.

4. Handling multiple copies of a contact

vCard are often distributed via email, and two users of a CardDAV might have a copy of the same vCard.

When those two users now share an addressbook, they might end up with two vCards that describe the same person.

Some address book user agents coalesce two vCards from different addressbooks to show up as one (merged) vCard to an end user. These clients SHOULD ensure that when an update is made to a merged vCard, all instances of that vCard are updated if the user agent has read-write access.

In case two vCards have conflicting information, the information from the vCard with the highest value for the REV property should be used.

5. Normative References

[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997.
[RFC4791] Daboo, C., Desruisseaux, B. and L. Dusseault, "Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV (CalDAV)", RFC 4791, DOI 10.17487/RFC4791, March 2007.
[RFC6352] Daboo, C., "CardDAV: vCard Extensions to Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)", RFC 6352, DOI 10.17487/RFC6352, August 2011.
[RFC7303] Thompson, H. and C. Lilley, "XML Media Types", RFC 7303, DOI 10.17487/RFC7303, July 2014.

Author's Address

Evert Pot fruux GmbH Koenigsstrasse 32 Muenster, NRW 48143 Germany EMail: URI: