[uf-discuss] Outlook doesn't import phonenumbers?

Brian Suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 17:02:27 PDT 2006

Victor asked me to forward this to the list:


Hi Brian,

Sorry to send this to you directly, but I've been trying to post to
the list for several days now and my posts seem to vaporize somehow.
If you could please forward it I'd be grateful.

Thanks :-)



Den 27. jun. 2006 kl. 16.37 skrev brian suda:

> The TYPE=work seems to be correctly being pulled. Tantek might be right,
> it could be an issue with your version of Outlook? or it could be the
> web service.

You're absolutely right. It turned out to be a caching problem, which
led me to belive that the solution was to use "work" as a class-name.
Sorry about that :-|

There are still some other issues conserning Outlook thats worth a
closer look though.

> Could you please send what version of outlook you are using?

I'm using Outlook Express 6 on Windows XP in Virtual PC on a mac.

Den 27. jun. 2006 kl. 16.13 skrev Tantek Çelik:
> It may also be possible to change the X2V code to simply set the default
> type value for "tel" explicitly when there is no type specified.  In this
> case, according to RFC2426, the default type for "tel" is "voice".
> Could you try the following to see if it works with Outlook?
> <span class="tel"><span class="type">Voice</span>:
>   <span class="value">40003718</span></span>

Setting "voice" as type is ignored in Outlook Express 6 (it ends up as
"other" in AddressBook on the mac). When I export the card out again
from Outlook the phonenumber part reads as "TEL;VOICE:<number>". My
first thought was that Outlook had maintained the original information
but didn't show it, but setting type to "work" results in
"TEL;WORK;VOICE:<number>" after import->export.

Den 27. jun. 2006 kl. 17.15 skrev brian suda:
> Another option for encoding these type values is on the abbr element.
> <abbr class="type" title="work">Norwegian word for "work" here</abbr>

What I do now is to hide span.type with display:none, but your method
makes more sense. Unfortunatly <abbr class="type"
title="work">Telefon:</abbr><span class="value">40003718</span> just
outputs as "TEL:40003718". Is this a limitation with the X2V parser?

Victor Nystad,
Mob 45 25 02 56

brian suda

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