Email reminders mess (progress on the horizon)

One of my desktops is a Mac Mini and recently, I started to notice that the Apple Mail program would startup by itself at what seemed like random occasions and ask me for very private information like my uid, password etc... (Thunderbird is my main client).

After exonerating my kids I figured out what was happening: I have a family calendar at an ISP who now offers CalDAV access. A few days before I started to notice the ghost Mail, I had setup the Apple iCal calendar client to show that calendar. Most of the events on that calendar have email reminders associated with them. Those reminders are generated by the ISP Server but it looks like my desktop was trying to honor those as well. Would I have configure Apple Mail properly, I would have started to receive 2 copies of each reminders.

The fact that the iCalendar specification remains silent on the subject of who (client or server) should honor VALARM with an ACTION property set to EMAIL is a pretty well known issue but I always thought it was a rather theoritical one (Lightning for example does not honor email alarms). It is the first time that I face it as an end user.

It looks like the new VALARM Extension draft is coming at about the right time for me...

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PS: Would anobody know how to change that behavior on the client side ?

Posted by Arnaud Quillaud on July 24, 2009 at 05:28 AM CEST #

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