Bug 141931 - iCalendar invitations/replies: Accentued chars in some fields makes Outlook crap out
Summary: iCalendar invitations/replies: Accentued chars in some fields makes Outlook c...
Alias: None
Product: korganizer
Classification: Applications
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: 0.9
Platform: Ubuntu Linux
: NOR normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: kdepim bugs
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-02-19 17:20 UTC by Colin Leroy
Modified: 2013-10-25 17:44 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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a file that works in Outlook (1.12 KB, text/plain)
2007-02-19 17:21 UTC, Colin Leroy
one that doesn't work (1.12 KB, text/plain)
2007-02-19 17:22 UTC, Colin Leroy

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Description Colin Leroy 2007-02-19 17:20:21 UTC
Version:           1.9.5 (using KDE KDE 3.5.2)
Installed from:    Ubuntu Packages
OS:                Linux

I noticed that Outlook craps out and displays the raw message/rfc822 mail as plain/text, including headers, when an iCalendar invitation, reply, or Free/busy information has an ORGANIZER or ATTENDEE field with a CN attribute that contains extended chars (like umlauts, etc).

This is clearly an Outlook bug, but maybe you'll be interested in knowing that and/or put a workaround.

I'll attach two ICS files, one with "Gaël" as ATTENDEE, one with "Gael".
Comment 1 Colin Leroy 2007-02-19 17:21:10 UTC
Created attachment 19747 [details]
a file that works in Outlook
Comment 2 Colin Leroy 2007-02-19 17:22:20 UTC
Created attachment 19748 [details]
one that doesn't work

These two files demonstrate the problem if mailed to Outlook. They've been
generated with Claws Mail, but it suffers from the same problem.
Comment 3 Colin Leroy 2007-02-19 17:24:14 UTC
You'll notice that accentued chars in the SUMMARY or DESCRIPTION fields are no problem for Outlook, whereas ORGANIZER and ATTENDEE are. Quite funny that they don't use the same decoding functions for all the fields :)
Comment 4 Thomas McGuire 2007-02-19 18:31:49 UTC
I think invitations are actually handled by KOrganizer, so I'll reassign this bug report.
Comment 5 Axel Müller 2007-07-06 10:06:53 UTC
That is really annoying. If any participant of an invitation has a non-us-ascii char (umlauts etc.) in his name Outlook gets the crap. I have to tell all my colleagues to insert my name without any umlauts in their addressbook so they can read my invitations/replies.
Comment 6 Axel Müller 2007-11-13 16:34:48 UTC
I guess I have found a solution for this problem. In KMail or Kontact go to Settings->Configure KMail->Composer->Charset or Settings->Configure Kontact->Email->Composer->Charset, respectively. Bring utf-8 to be on top. The complete attachment (incl. ORGANIZER and ATTENDEE) will then be correctly utf-8 encoded.
Comment 7 Sergio Martins 2013-10-19 23:02:10 UTC
is this still a problem ?