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  • Outlook calendar event

    You can send an email with a *.vcs file attached that Outlook then sees as a Calendar event that the recipient can add to their calendar.

    Below is a function I developed to build the vcs file for my particular purpose that I have decided to share with others. It can easily be modified to accept location, priority, etc as optional parameters that will default to certain values if not provided, but I did not need these things so did not bother. Hopefully others will find this useful and will add then post enhancements.

    FUNCTION Calendar_vcs AS L (filename AS C, DueDate AS D, StartTime AS C, EndTime AS C, Subject AS C ,Details as c)
    ' Date in format {31/12/2007}
    ' StartTime and EndTime in format "h:m:s am/pm" or "h:m:s" or "h:m"
    dim f as p
    newstarttimeseconds = toseconds(StartTime) - (gettimezoneoffset()*3600)
    if newstarttimeseconds < 0 then
    	newstarttimeseconds = (24*3600)+newstarttimeseconds
    	newstarttime = totime(newstarttimeseconds,2,0)
    	newstartdate = DueDate - 1
    elseif between(newstarttimeseconds,0,24*36000)
    	' newstarttimeseconds = newstarttimeseconds ' so do nothing
    	newstarttime = totime(newstarttimeseconds,2,0)
    	newstartdate = DueDate
    	newstarttimeseconds = newstarttimeseconds - (24*3600)
    	newstarttime = totime(newstarttimeseconds,2,0)
    	newstartdate = DueDate + 1
    end if
    newendtimeseconds = toseconds(EndTime) - (gettimezoneoffset()*3600)
    if newendtimeseconds < 0 then
    	newendtimeseconds = (24*3600)+newendtimeseconds
    	newendtime = totime(newendtimeseconds,2,0)
    	newenddate = DueDate - 1
    elseif between(newendtimeseconds,0,24*36000)
    	' newendtimeseconds = newendtimeseconds ' so do nothing
    	newendtime = totime(newendtimeseconds,2,0)
    	newenddate = DueDate
    	newendtimeseconds = newendtimeseconds - (24*3600)
    	newendtime = totime(newendtimeseconds,2,0)
    	newenddate = DueDate + 1
    end if
    f = file.create(Filename,FILE_RW_EXCLUSIVE)
    f.write_line("PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 11.0 MIMEDIR//EN")
    Last edited by Garry Flanigan; 01-18-2008, 05:43 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Outlook calendar event

    Thanks for your contribution Garry. See also more about Outlook/VCS in call.

    I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
    ---- Confusius ----


    • #3
      Re: Outlook calendar event

      From memory, the post you mention was where I started. The issue with the vcs file is that you must calculate the time offset from your local time zone to Universal Time, which is why I shared the above code.
      You will notice the function uses gettimezoneoffset() to achieve this. My function is quite simple but it took some time to understand the Universal Time issue and find a solution so I thought I would save others the hassle and time required to figure out how to do it.


      • #4
        Re: Outlook calendar event

        Originally posted by Garry Flanigan View Post
        ....calculate the time offset from your local time zone to Universal Time, which is why I shared the above code....
        Thanks for sharing the time stuff. Had to read it several times to see what you were doing. :) Quite honest I need to reread it again. :D

        I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
        ---- Confusius ----