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Property Name



This property provides a more complete description of the calendar component than that provided by the "SUMMARY" property.

Value Type


Property Parameters

IANA, non-standard, alternate text representation, and language property parameters can be specified on this property.


The property can be specified in the "VEVENT", "VTODO", "VJOURNAL", or "VALARM" calendar components. The property can be specified multiple times only within a "VJOURNAL" calendar component.


This property is used in the "VEVENT" and "VTODO" to capture lengthy textual descriptions associated with the activity.

This property is used in the "VJOURNAL" calendar component to capture one or more textual journal entries.

This property is used in the "VALARM" calendar component to capture the display text for a DISPLAY category of alarm, and to capture the body text for an EMAIL category of alarm.

Format Definition

This property is defined by the following notation:

 description = "DESCRIPTION" descparam ":" text CRLF

 descparam   = *(
             ; The following are OPTIONAL,
             ; but MUST NOT occur more than once.
             (";" altrepparam) / (";" languageparam) /
             ; The following is OPTIONAL,
             ; and MAY occur more than once.
             (";" other-param)


The following is an example of this property with formatted line breaks in the property value:

 DESCRIPTION:Meeting to provide technical review for "Phoenix"
   design.\nHappy Face Conference Room. Phoenix design team
   MUST attend this meeting.\nRSVP to team leader.

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