Outlook replies "Unsupported Calendar Format" while sending repeated events

UNCONFIRMED
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Status

Calendar
Lightning Only
UNCONFIRMED
8 years ago
8 years ago

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(Reporter: thouthi38, Unassigned)

Tracking

Lightning 1.0b1
x86
Windows XP

Details

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Description

8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.8) Gecko/20100202 Firefox/3.5.8
Build Identifier: Lightning 1.0b1

While setting up repeated events and sending invitations for Outlook users, the format of the event is not supported by Outlook

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1) Create a new event
2) In the "Repeat" list choose "Custom"
3) In the "Edit Recurrence" choose "Monthly" (for example, I did not try other)
4) Tick the "Repeat Until" in the Range recurrence"
5) Enter a date, e.g. end of current month
6) In the "Recur on Day(s)" click a few days
7) Invite attendees and notify somebody who uses Outlook
8) The invitee receives an unsupported calendar event for the Outlook calendar
Actual Results:  
Unsupported Outlook calendar event is emitted

Expected Results:  
Create Outlook compatible calendar events

None, works if done one by one
(Reporter)

Updated

8 years ago
Version: unspecified → Lightning 1.0b1
Which Outlook version is the receiver using? Each Outlook version has problems with some variant, so it won't be possible to support them all.
(Reporter)

Comment 2

8 years ago
(In reply to comment #1)
> Which Outlook version is the receiver using? Each Outlook version has problems
> with some variant, so it won't be possible to support them all.

Hi and thanks for taking into account this request
It happens with Outlook 2007 / SP2
It can also be reproduced on Outlook 2003, not knowing which SP
It precisely says the following:
"not supported calendar message.ics"
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Comment 3

8 years ago
Please find hereafter details of the generated ics:
Sections, #1 by Lightning, Section #2 equivalent by Outlook
By the way: 
-- when sent by Thunderbird, only the first event is mentioned in the Event Invitation Box
-- when sent with Outlook all events are displayed in the box
-- Outlook does not have the (nice) CUSTOM feature with choice of any day in recurrence, you can only select days of week always in same order (may be the issue is here??)
-- when sending with the CUSTOM option, there's always issue

If I can help more, please let me know
Cheers

Part #1: as generated by Lightning:

BEGIN:VCALENDAR
PRODID:-//Mozilla.org/NONSGML Mozilla Calendar V1.1//EN
VERSION:2.0
METHOD:REQUEST
BEGIN:VTIMEZONE
TZID:Europe/Paris
X-LIC-LOCATION:Europe/Paris
BEGIN:DAYLIGHT
TZOFFSETFROM:+0100
TZOFFSETTO:+0200
TZNAME:CEST
DTSTART:19700329T020000
RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=-1SU;BYMONTH=3
END:DAYLIGHT
BEGIN:STANDARD
TZOFFSETFROM:+0200
TZOFFSETTO:+0100
TZNAME:CET
DTSTART:19701025T030000
RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=-1SU;BYMONTH=10
END:STANDARD
END:VTIMEZONE
BEGIN:VEVENT
CREATED:20100315T151058Z
LAST-MODIFIED:20100315T151239Z
DTSTAMP:20100315T151239Z
UID:419f0d20-b0bf-42a4-9796-db4ad16f4b69
SUMMARY:Ultimate trial
ORGANIZER;RSVP=TRUE;CN=thomas urbitsch;PARTSTAT=ACCEPTED;ROLE=CHAIR:mailto
 :thomas.urbitsch@stericsson.com
ATTENDEE;RSVP=TRUE;CN=Gregory GOSCINIAK;PARTSTAT=NEEDS-ACTION;ROLE=REQ-PAR
 TICIPANT:mailto:gregory.gosciniak@stericsson.com
RRULE:FREQ=MONTHLY;UNTIL=20100331T110000Z;BYMONTHDAY=16,24,26,27,30,31
DTSTART;TZID=Europe/Paris:20100316T130000
DTEND;TZID=Europe/Paris:20100316T131500
LOCATION:In my office
DESCRIPTION:This doesn't work
SEQUENCE:1
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR

Part #2 equivalent by Outlook 2007 SP2

BEGIN:VCALENDAR
METHOD:REQUEST
PRODID:Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
VERSION:2.0
BEGIN:VTIMEZONE
TZID:Romance Standard Time
BEGIN:STANDARD
DTSTART:16010101T030000
TZOFFSETFROM:+0200
TZOFFSETTO:+0100
RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;INTERVAL=1;BYDAY=-1SU;BYMONTH=10
END:STANDARD
BEGIN:DAYLIGHT
DTSTART:16010101T020000
TZOFFSETFROM:+0100
TZOFFSETTO:+0200
RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;INTERVAL=1;BYDAY=-1SU;BYMONTH=3
END:DAYLIGHT
END:VTIMEZONE
BEGIN:VEVENT
ORGANIZER;CN=Gregory GOSCINIAK:MAILTO:gregory.gosciniak@stericsson.com
ATTENDEE;ROLE=REQ-PARTICIPANT;PARTSTAT=NEEDS-ACTION;RSVP=TRUE;CN=Thomas URB
 ITSCH:MAILTO:thomas.urbitsch@stericsson.com
DESCRIPTION;LANGUAGE=en-US:When: Occurs every Monday and Tuesday effective 
 3/15/2010 until 4/13/2010 from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM (GMT+01:00) Brussels\, C
 openhagen\, Madrid\, Paris.\nWhere: room\n\nNote: The GMT offset above doe
 s not reflect daylight saving time adjustments.\n\n*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*\n\n
 test\n\n
RRULE:FREQ=WEEKLY;UNTIL=20100412T220000Z;INTERVAL=1;BYDAY=MO,TU;WKST=MO
SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-US:test
DTSTART;TZID=Romance Standard Time:20100315T170000
DTEND;TZID=Romance Standard Time:20100315T173000
UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E0080000000010D702325DC4CA01000000000000000
 0100000002060E1763587C1438B9A6C55B7C5A048
CLASS:PUBLIC
PRIORITY:5
DTSTAMP:20100315T153308Z
TRANSP:OPAQUE
STATUS:CONFIRMED
SEQUENCE:0
LOCATION;LANGUAGE=en-US:room
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-APPT-SEQUENCE:0
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-OWNERAPPTID:1882142682
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-BUSYSTATUS:TENTATIVE
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-INTENDEDSTATUS:BUSY
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-ALLDAYEVENT:FALSE
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-IMPORTANCE:1
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-INSTTYPE:1
BEGIN:VALARM
ACTION:DISPLAY
DESCRIPTION:REMINDER
TRIGGER;RELATED=START:-PT15M
END:VALARM
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR
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Comment 4

8 years ago
Again me

This actually works between 2 Lightning applications
As you've mentioned, Outlook doesn't seem to support selecting by days. Could you try importing the Lightning event into Outlook (not as an invitation, but normally into an existing calendar) ?

There's probably not much we can fix about this bug. You could try stripping information from the ics data (i.e removing CLASS, PRIORITY, etc attributes...leave the RRULE there) and then importing into outlook to see if there is some other property that is in the way.

If its just the RRULE that fails, if it works with a more standard type rule, then there's nothing we can do about this bug (not our bug).
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