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Ical VALARM not registrering

Posted by: admin February 12, 2018 Leave a comment

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I’ve used the last couple of days creating an application that constructs an .ics file (ical)

It’s coded in php, and the base functions work fine (timezones, Vevent’s, and so on) but when i add VALARM’s into those VEVENT’s neither google calendar, nor Outlook 2010 add’s the nofifications to their calendar’s

a snippet of the ics file:

BEGIN:VEVENT
UID:f2f5672145d92702c71504ceccf77167@dyndns.org
DTSTAMP:20120420T174122Z
DTSTART;TZID=Europe/Berlin:20120416T081000
DTEND;TZID=Europe/Berlin:20120416T091000
LOCATION:A102 - Teori Frh.
SUMMARY:Hold: 2.B Kemi B
DESCRIPTION:Lærer: Jeppe Byrialsen Jensen (JBJ) Noter: Lab øvelser om alkoholers blandbarhed
BEGIN:VALARM
ACTION:DISPLAY
DESCRIPTION:Hold: 2.B Kemi B
TRIGGER:-P0DT0H30M0S
END:VALARM
END:VEVENT

EDIT:
It seems to work if you import it from a file, but sadly i need to import it from a website.

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We had the same problem, but found that example code snippets which use \n at the end of each line need to use \r\n instead.

The iCal validator at http://severinghaus.org/projects/icv/ highlighted this as a warning, despite the iCal files working except for the reminder alarm not being set in Outlook 2010.

Here is an example iCal file which works exactly as expected when opened in Outlook 2010, including setting the reminder to 1 hour (as long as the line breaks are \r\n):

BEGIN:VCALENDAR
VERSION:2.0
PRODID:-//Keeble Smith//NONSGML GETONCOURT.COM//EN
BEGIN:VEVENT
DTSTART:20130514T190000Z
DTEND:20130514T194000Z
LOCATION:Court 2\, Demo Squash Club
DESCRIPTION:View this court booking on getoncourt.com: http://democlub.getoncourt.com/booking-details/dmo3106
SUMMARY:Squash court booking for John Smith - DMO3106
BEGIN:VALARM
TRIGGER:-PT60M
ACTION:DISPLAY
DESCRIPTION:Reminder
END:VALARM
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR

Note also the escaped special characters. Ensure you escape the following in TEXT values (not the EOL instance though):

\  to  \\
;  to  \;
,  to  \,
\n to  \\n

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I’m having the same problem. I exported my calendars created in Google Calendar and the VALARM section looks exactly the same as those I exported. I have a feeling it’s an issue on Google’s side. I’ve seen this questions asked 2 or 3 more times on Stack Overflow without an answer.

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could you clarify what you mean by “not registering”. For instance I copied your code and imported it in google calendar and it clearly shows
Reminder : pop-up 30mn
in the property of the event.

Is it that you expect to see an item in the calendar where the alarm should take place. I believe this is not what the RFC5545 implies as a behaviour for VALARM.

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MS states that Outlook ignores several of the standard alarm settings, see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624781(v=exchg.80).aspx

I found this not to be the case in Outlook 2013. I removed:

ACTION:DISPLAY
DESCRIPTION:Reminder

and the alarm works for me in Outlook 2013.

Appears to be a case of MS Outlook not following the RFC5545 standard, nor following their own implementation standard.

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For what it’s worth, this is not a bug, per se, but rather a choice the calendar implementers choose that is compatible with the RFC. See http://sourceforge.net/p/dday-ical/discussion/656447/thread/01111137#23c5

I think the fear is that if the action is audio, then the client has to run the attached file (presumably a sound file) when the trigger event occurs. There’s no guarantee, though, that the sound file is really a sound file and not something more nefarious.

Now, why it ignores valarms with the action of display, I do not know.