calendar.ics and Outlook 2003

When I try to import my calendar.ics file into outlook 2003, I get an 
error message saying that the ics file is invalid.  Does anyone know why?

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On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 13:38:47 -0800, Charlie Mullins wrote:

> When I try to import my calendar.ics file into outlook 2003, I get an
> error message saying that the ics file is invalid.  Does anyone know why?

Because Outlook has problems with iCal. Here are known issues.

1)	Outlook only supports one event per iCal file.
2)	Outlook does not support recurring events. Only One time.
3)	All times (DTSTART, and DTEND) MUST be referenced to GMT

In short, its really useless. There are stand-alone programs that can
import iCal files into Outlook with varying degrees of sucess. I have
written one that mostly works, but I haven't packaged it up yet.

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George
1/26/2006 5:12:10 PM
On Thu, 26 Jan 2006 18:12:10 +0100, George Sexton <gsexton@mhsoftware.co=
m>  =

wrote:

> On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 13:38:47 -0800, Charlie Mullins wrote:
>
>> When I try to import my calendar.ics file into outlook 2003, I get an=

>> error message saying that the ics file is invalid.  Does anyone know =
 =

>> why?
>
> Because Outlook has problems with iCal. Here are known issues.
>
> 1)	Outlook only supports one event per iCal file.
> 2)	Outlook does not support recurring events. Only One time.
> 3)	All times (DTSTART, and DTEND) MUST be referenced to GMT
>
> In short, its really useless. There are stand-alone programs that can
> import iCal files into Outlook with varying degrees of sucess. I have
> written one that mostly works, but I haven't packaged it up yet.
>

it works with vcs-export from sunbird. Unfortunately, this feature is no=
  =

longer available in SB 0.3a and SB 0.2 shifts the time by 1h in the expo=
rt  =

file (only there, not in the published file, but the published file agai=
n  =

is ics and cannot be imported to outlook).

Best, Ben
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Ben
2/9/2006 5:54:37 PM
Ben Godde wrote on 09. Feb 2006

> it works with vcs-export from sunbird. Unfortunately, this feature is 
> no longer available in SB 0.3a and SB 0.2 shifts the time by 1h in the 
> export file (only there, not in the published file, but the published 
> file again is ics and cannot be imported to outlook).

Try a recent nightly. This has been fixed there

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Simon Paquet
Sunbird/Calendar website maintainer
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Simon
2/10/2006 10:48:52 AM
On Fri, 10 Feb 2006 11:48:52 +0100, Simon Paquet  =

<weblog@babylonsounds.com> wrote:

> Ben Godde wrote on 09. Feb 2006:

>> it works with vcs-export from sunbird. Unfortunately, this feature is=
  =

>> no longer available in SB 0.3a and SB 0.2 shifts the time by 1h inthe=
  =

>> export file (only there, not in the published file, but the published=
  =

>> file again is ics and cannot be imported to outlook).

> Try a recent nightly. This has been fixed there.


What has been fixed? I downloaded this SB version:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20060209=
  =

Mozilla Sunbird/0.3a1+

but still no vcs export and ics export to outlook doesn't work.

Re-import after exporting to ics is now working correctly (also export  =

 from sb03 and import to sb02).

Best, Ben
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Ben
2/10/2006 1:21:47 PM
Ben Godde wrote on 10. Feb 2006

>>> it works with vcs-export from sunbird. Unfortunately, this feature 
>>> is no longer available in SB 0.3a and SB 0.2 shifts the time by 1h 
>>> in the export file (only there, not in the published file, but the 
>>> published file again is ics and cannot be imported to outlook).
>> 
>> Try a recent nightly. This has been fixed there.
> 
> What has been fixed? I downloaded this SB version:
> 
> Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20060209  
> Mozilla Sunbird/0.3a1+
> 
> but still no vcs export and ics export to outlook doesn't work.

I misread your comment. I thought you were speaking about vcs import
which has been getting some fixes lately

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Simon Paquet
Sunbird/Calendar website maintainer
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar
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Simon
2/10/2006 5:04:09 PM
Simon Paquet wrote:
> I misread your comment. I thought you were speaking about vcs import,
> which has been getting some fixes lately.
> 
Correction: CSV (comma-separated-value) import has been getting some 
fixes.  vcs import is still non-existent.

The new import interfaces are very nice and fairly simple to use now, 
though.  If someone wanted to step up and provide a vcs import-export 
module I'd be happy to try and answer questions that arose along the way.

-Joey
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Joey
2/10/2006 8:53:42 PM
Joey Minta wrote on 10. Feb 2006

> Correction: CSV (comma-separated-value) import has been getting some 
> fixes.  vcs import is still non-existent.

Ah, thanks for the clarification, Joey

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Simon Paquet
Sunbird/Calendar website maintainer
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar
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Simon
2/13/2006 9:37:40 AM
On Thu, 09 Feb 2006 18:54:37 +0100, Ben Godde <b.godde@iu-bremen.de> wro=
te:

> On Thu, 26 Jan 2006 18:12:10 +0100, George Sexton  =

> <gsexton@mhsoftware.com> wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 13:38:47 -0800, Charlie Mullins wrote:
>>
>>> When I try to import my calendar.ics file into outlook 2003, I get a=
n
>>> error message saying that the ics file is invalid.  Does anyone know=
  =

>>> why?
>>

Try replacing the version number 0.2 in the ics-file bei 0.1
Then import to outlook works fine with the known restictions:

>> Because Outlook has problems with iCal. Here are known issues.
>>
>> 2)	Outlook does not support recurring events. Only One time.

Whole day events are converted to events from 1am to 1am of the followin=
g  =

day. You can deal with this if you define the events in sunbird not as  =

whole day events but going from 0am to 0am at the following day.

>> 1)	Outlook only supports one event per iCal file.
That is the case only for export from OL.

Ben
0
Ben
2/14/2006 10:20:10 AM
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