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[resolved] Google Calendar - Link TOOOO Long (19 posts)

  1. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello,

    I use the free version on a couple of sites. On one, the #_EVENTGCALURL and #_EVENTGCALLINK work just fine, even with long descriptions of events. On the other, the only way to keep the link short enough to work is to shorten the event description (which isn't really a good option for us).

    Is there a character limitation in the description to make the Google Calendar link/button work correctly? If so how much? (sad if this is the only option)

    Or, is there a way to limit the amount of the description that is being pulled over into the link so the emailed link won't break and the button won't fail? (better option)

    Thanks in advance,
    Lori

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/events-manager/

  2. agelonwl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    hi,

    have you tried to limit that using EM settings > formats/layouts > calendar format > iCal Feed Settings

  3. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    a) This isn't iCal that we're having this problem with; it's Gcal (Google Calendar)

    b) Those settings are:
    iCal Title :: #_NAME - #_LOCATIONNAME - #j #M #y #H:#i
    and
    iCal Limit :: 0

    ...which to me seems that it's pulling over the event name, location, date/time for this event. While this would allow unlimited future events, it's not trying to bring those over in the link....just the full (and too long) description of the one event.

  4. agelonwl
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    seems to be working fine on my test site; do you have a sample link?

  5. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sure.

    If you Book a Ticket for this event:
    http://austincanes.com/2012/08/kicking-off-the-year-with-theu/

    ...once confirmed, the Google Calendar link will be so very long that it breaks and will not add the event to your google calendar. Ditto for the code that makes the button (since it still uses the same very long link).

  6. Marcus
    NetWebLogic Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    have you tried 5.2.1? I think this should fix the issue.

  7. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Just got the notification it was available, tried it, and it did NOT work to solve the problem. The Gcal links (and button code) is still just as long as it was and breaks ~half way through the description of the event....

  8. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm still waiting for an author / developer to respond. (like they said they would in the FAQ)

  9. Marcus
    NetWebLogic Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm still not getting this issue. Have you made any modifications to the plugin at all?

    Alternatively, if you could provide a link and also can you paste the exact HTML for an event description (use pastebin.com) with this problem and I can try it on mine.

  10. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Marcus,

    No I did not modify anything. I'm just trying to use the tool as it's presented. Like I said previously, this same thing works just fine in another site....even with some pretty long descriptions.

    There is a code (a plugin option) to put a Google calendar link in the email that confirms the guest attending the event. This keeps them from having to create a new appointment and personally set the date/time/location/description.

    The link that the plugin creates (from an event with a long description) is too long. It breaks. It won't work. It's ~2 times as long as the limit. The link it creates is several lines long in the confirmation email.

    If I shorten the Event description on the Event Post, the link works again, but then my guests are without all the details about the event.

    if you want to see how it works, you can RSVP for the event I linked to above and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.

    Again, WHERE are the people who wrote Events Manager?

  11. Marcus
    NetWebLogic Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    That's me, so again,

    Alternatively, if you could provide a link and also can you paste the exact HTML for an event description (use pastebin.com) with this problem and I can try it on mine.

  12. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Marcus, My apologies. The site shows you as a "Member" not as a developer or owner of the Plugin.

    I don't know how to give the code you are wanting. Once again,
    If you Book a Ticket for this event:
    http://austincanes.com/2012/08/kicking-off-the-year-with-theu/

    The email it will send (once I approve your booking) will show you the insane link I'm talking about.

    I used
    #_EVENTGCALURL
    in the body of the email.

    I've also tried
    #_EVENTGCALLINK
    with the same result.

  13. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Here is what the link looks like in the confirmation email that is sent:

    http://www.asyouwishaustin.com/Long_Gcal_Link.jpg

  14. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    ...any ideas? Our event is today and no one was able to put it on their calendar. :(

  15. Marcus
    NetWebLogic Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    didn't realize it was email, looking at your email, I'd say you should ditch the long url and use this:

    <a href="#_EVENTGCALURL">Link Text</a>

    I must admit, never tried the gcal link on an email but I'm pretty sure it should be ok.

    Make sure you're sending emails as html (see your email settings) as well when doing the above.

  16. asyouwishaustin
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Tried that (which is similar to the button display that also fails) on the .3 version that updated today.

    Like I said before, I am able to do this same thing on another site running the plugin and don't get any problems. [And for the record, the link works in both plain and HTML emails. The button is nice for people who get HTML.]

    Here is the error that Google returns:
    http://www.asyouwishaustin.com/URLtooLong.jpg

    Can the code be corrected to only pull the first NNN characters of the description into the gcal link/button?

  17. Marcus
    NetWebLogic Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    that's what we do already, there's a character limit which we cut the text if reached.

    If this is happening to only one site, then I'd say try another mail server like gmail. My guess is your link is being broken somewhere in the sending/receiving process.

  18. Otto Kekäläinen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    On my site GCal urls are e.g.:

    http://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=TEMPLATE&text=Seminaari%3A+Avoimet+tietoj%C3%A4rjestelm%C3%A4t+%E2%80%93+ratkaisu+kuntien+rahapulaan%3F&dates=20120925T110000Z/20120925T140000Z&details=Julkiset+tietohankinnat+puhuttavat.+Ne+ovat+useimmiten+kalliita+eiv%C3%A4tk%C3%A4+toimi.+Lis%C3%A4ksi+kunnat+joutuvat+sitoutumaan+vuosikausiksi+j%C3%A4rjestelm%C3%A4t+omistaviin+yhti%C3%B6ihin.+Avoimet+ratkaisut+ja+toimittajariippumattomuus+ovat+monen+mielest%C3%A4+ratkaisu+asiaan.+Samalla+tuettaisiin+suomalaisten+yritysten+kehittymist%C3%A4.Seminaarissa+keskustellaan+aiheesta+poliittisen+p%C3%A4%C3%A4t%C3%B6ksenteon%2C+virkamiesten+ja+yritysten+edustajien+n%C3%A4k%C3%B6kulmasta.Alustukset%3A%09%3Cstrong%3EOtso+Kivek%C3%A4s%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+yleisten+t%C3%B6iden+lautakunnan+j%C3%A4sen%2C+Helsingin+vihre%C3%A4t%3A%C2%A0%3Cem%3ETilaajalla+on+aina+vastuu%2C+onko+my%C3%B6s+valta%3F%3C%2Fem%3E%09%3Cstrong%3EJani+Kylm%C3%A4aho%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+johtava+asiantuntija%2C+Maanmittauslaitos%3A%C2%A0%3Cem%3EPaikkatietoikkuna%2C+ketteryys+ja+avoimuus+julkishallinnon+IT-hankkeen+onnistumisen+kulmakivin%C3%A4%3C%2Fem%3E%09%3Cstrong%3EJussi+Hurmola%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+toimitusjohtaja%2C+Jolla+Oy%3A%C2%A0%3Cem%3EAvoin+ohjelmistoalusta+on+strateginen+valinta%3C%2Fem%3EKlo+15%3A30+Paneelikeskustelu%3A%C2%A0%3Cem%3EReseptit+julkishallinnon+IT-ongelmiin%3C%2Fem%3E%09%3Cstrong%3EOtso+Kivek%C3%A4s%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+Helsingin+vihre%C3%A4t%09%3Cstrong%3EJussi+Hurmola%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+Jolla+Oy%09%3Cstrong%3EOtto+Kek%C3%A4l%C3%A4inen%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+Free+Software+Foundation+EuropeTilaisuu...&location=S%C3%A4hk%C3%B6talon+auditorio&trp=false&sprop=http%3A%2F%2Fcoss.fi%2Ftapahtumat%2Fseminaari-avoimet-tietojarjestelmat-ratkaisu-kuntien-rahapulaan%2F&sprop=name:COSS

    The description part should be cut shorter when exported to the url. Also the time zone is Z (GMT+0) when it should be GMT+3 for me (Finland).

  19. Marcus
    NetWebLogic Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    a pro user has this issue too, so I'll be fixing it on their site and updating the plugin asap.

    from the looks of it it's a combination of a few factors, because normally the text does get cut-off. Now that I can reproduce it on a site It'll get fixed.

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