subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day events"

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subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day events"

Post by dbutcher » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:21 pm

VueMinder Pro 11.0.0 (Trial Version)
We are subscribing to *.ics files on a network share. Events in the calendars have a start and end time defined like this example:
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE;TZID=America/Vancouver:20140130T070000
DTEND;VALUE=DATE;TZID=America/Vancouver:20140130T120000

However, each event is being interpreted by VueMinder as an "all day" event.
Double-clicking on any event to bring up the event details shows the "All day event" box checked, but greyed out. The Start date and End date are correct, but no times are shown.

I believe this problem started after we upgraded to ver 11 from 10.1.9.

Regards,
Dave

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Re: subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day event

Post by dbutcher » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:26 pm

further information:
you can see from this post, http://www.vueminder.com/forums/phpBB3/ ... f=5&t=1269 , the month view in version 10.1.9 had start times associated with each event.

So the problem I am describing is definitely something to do with the upgrade to v. 11.

Thanks,
Dave

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Re: subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day event

Post by VueSoft » Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:59 am

Hi Dave, would it be possible for you to send me the ICS file so I can try duplicating the problem? I'm not seeing it happen with the ICS files I'm using. The file can be emailed to support@vueminder.com.
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Re: subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day event

Post by dbutcher » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:02 am

Good morning Dan,
I have just send a sample ICS file as requested.
Thanks for looking into this.

Dave

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Re: subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day event

Post by VueSoft » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:13 pm

Thank you for the file. It appears the software that is generating the ICS file has a bug and is not following the iCalendar file specification for events that have a date and time. Here’s an example of what it’s doing wrong:

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DTSTART;VALUE=DATE;TZID=America/Vancouver:20140131T070000
DTEND;VALUE=DATE;TZID=America/Vancouver:20140131T120000
The “VALUE=DATE” tag means the value should be treated as a date, not a date with time. VueMinder is ignoring the time information (example: T070000) because of this problem in the ICS file. This is what it should look like, if the ICS file were following the standard:

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DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME;TZID=America/Vancouver:20140131T070000
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME;TZID=America/Vancouver:20140131T120000
Based on what I see in the ICS file header, it appears you’re using Lightning Calendar v1.1. I believe the latest version is v2.6.4. I’m not sure, but they might have fixed this bug since v1.1.

It was just a happy accident the previous version of VueMinder was able to handle this problem in the ICS file. When I updated VueMinder to correct problems with how ICS files are processed, one of the changes caused the date/time values to be more accurately processed according to the ICS file standard.

In any case, I’ve modified the next version of VueMinder to be able to handle this case. An updated beta should be completed this weekend, if you’d like an early look at the correction.
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Re: subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day event

Post by VueSoft » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:03 am

This has been corrected in 11.0.1 Beta 3. You can download it here:
http://www.vueminder.com/forums/phpBB3/ ... f=5&t=1286
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Re: subscribed calendar events are all set as "all day event

Post by dbutcher » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:38 am

Good morning Dan.
I upgraded to Pro 11.0.1 this morning and can confirm that the events are reporting the times correctly again. Thank you.
Thanks also for your detailed and very helpful answer regarding the improper .ics format. I will look into this as well.
Cheers,
Dave

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