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Re: [O] Status google calendar sync
Re: [O] Status google calendar sync
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:38:50 -0400
Philipp Haselwarter <address@hidden> wrote:
> Unfortunately, both the awk script and the org-export-icalendar seem to
> have quite a hard time with repeating entries.
> ical2org does not honor RRULE at all, the export has some very basic and
> very fragile support, but anything like
> <%%(org-diary-class 16 02 2011 18 05 2011 3)>
> SCHEDULED: <2011-02-20 Sun +1w -2d>
> already fails it.
> I think this is an important topic, especially wrt mobile devices.
> Better interoperability with other calendering systems would greatly
> benefit the org user experience.
I agree - I have been thinking (unfortunately mostly only thinking)
about it and it seems to me that many of the pieces are there, but there
is a non-trivial amount of work to do this and do it right:
o icalendar.el should be the basis of this, but unfortunately, it is too
closely tied to the diary (and is incomplete or buggy in various ways).
o It should be refactored to convert between an iCalendar file and a
generic in-memory representation of a calendar: basically an
attributed tree where the root is the VCALENDAR element, with VEVENTs,
VTODOs, VALARMs etc. i.e. all the other elements underneath, each
decorated with the various parameters that apply to it. The
representation should make it easy to do the next step.
o Converters between the generic in-memory representation and various
other formats (diary, org) are then needed.
o The refactoring of the original icalendar.el will essentially do this
for a diary representation. An org converter along these lines can
then be fairly easily written I think.
o These converters are ripe for what Kernighan and Plauger call a
"left-corner" development approach: just bite the smallest useful
subset and add features as needed, deliberately and carefully. Both
the current implementation of org-icalendar and Eric F.'s awk script
would be useful in this respect: they basically cover the basic
functionality needed (but perhaps not completely, as Philipp points
I've been working on this along these lines, but time constraints have
made progress almost imperceptibly slow.
BTW, the reason I've become interested in this is that recently I
started being bombarded with meeting invitations generated from (what
else?) M$ Outlook. My former method of adding the invitations to my Org
appointment book by hand is just not sufficient any longer. So I have
mercilessly hacked icalendar.el to invoke an org-capture with the
details, so I can just look it over and file it quickly. At the other
end, I modify the mh-e show hook to scan the message for text/calendar
attachments and kick off the icalendar stuff. But it's not working very
well yet, the hacked icalendar implementation is ugly (think Medusa-
turns-you-to-stone-if-you-look-at-it-ugly) and there are bugs (the most
serious of which is the icalendar timezone stuff that I referred to in a
recent thread). I'm trying to fixg the bugs and am working on the
back-end usability stuff in order to survive the onslaught - but the
icalendar stuff in the middle is likely to remain unspeakably ugly in
the foreseeable future - I just have no time for it.
So if anybody is interested, I hope this is useful as a starting point.
- Re: [O] Status google calendar sync, Stephen Eglen, 2011/06/10
- Re: [O] Status google calendar sync, Niels Giesen, 2011/06/11
- Re: [O] Status google calendar sync, Bastien, 2011/06/30
- Re: [O] Status google calendar sync, Eric S Fraga, 2011/06/15
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- Re: [O] Status google calendar sync, Stephen Eglen, 2011/06/16