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Issue with "Display as" on v-card

by hairymon / March 22, 2007 12:36 AM PDT

When I look at my contact entry of myself, under "display as" it shows "My name (my email address)".

But then when I go to forward it as a v-card in an email, it only shows the email address in the "Display as" field.

We use Small Business Server 2003 (which means Exchange Server 2003, but I didn't know if SBS vs. standalone Exchange made a difference). Some people are using Outlook 2002, others Outlook 2003. Regardless of which version of Outlook I use or whose Exchange account, I seem to have this same issue.

Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

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Sounds like a Microsoft product
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 1:21 AM PDT

Sorry, but other nuggets like these seem abundant. If it's not acceptable why not toss it all back and go with something else?

Remember that Microsoft is going to make software like Chevy makes cars. Not the best but works for most.

Bob

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Yes, but why have a Microsoft Office forum then?
by hairymon / March 22, 2007 3:33 AM PDT

I went on this forum to get an answer about an issue on Microsoft software, not to simply be told how awful Microsoft is, and especially by a moderator. There are plenty of blogs and forums out there to do that if I want (and have). I don't think an organization like CNet should have forums like this then, maybe instead of calling the forum "Microsoft Office" it should be called "alternatives to Microsoft Office".

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I hear you. The answer is..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 3:37 AM PDT

Yes, that's what I see too.

I take it that my thoughts on the matter are unwelcome.

Bob

PS. The moderators here are not paid but volunteer their time and are free to express their opinions. Hope this helps you understand this place a bit more.

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Well it's hard to say
by hairymon / March 22, 2007 3:42 AM PDT

Yes, I can understand this place a bit more based on what you said, thanks. But I would think it would turn people off to CNEt and all....but as you say, that's their decision. Thanks again, no problem.

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Is your instance of Outloook ...
by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2007 5:29 AM PDT

the only one with this phenomenon, or does it happen on all instances of Outlook in the company?
And if you receive Outlook-made vCards (that's the correct spelling, so why use another?) from the world outside?

Probably it's just a feature of Outlook. A colleague of mine uses to say "It's the way the product works."

The contents of vCards are standardized. The way they are displayed isn't. You can easily write your own program to do so. It's plain text. Sorry to note it isn't xml; that might come in version 4.0?
And, of course, there's no good reason to suppose that the display of a 'contact entry' in Outlook uses the exact same code as the display of a vCard.

Here's an example from the formal definition in http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2426.txt

BEGIN:vCard
VERSION:3.0
FN:Frank Dawson
ORG:Lotus Development Corporation
ADR;TYPE=WORK,POSTAL,PARCEL:;;6544 Battleford Drive
;Raleigh;NC;27613-3502;U.S.A.
TEL;TYPE=VOICE,MSG,WORK:+1-919-676-9515
TEL;TYPE=FAX,WORK:+1-919-676-9564
EMAIL;TYPE=INTERNET,PREF:Frank_Dawson@Lotus.com
EMAIL;TYPE=INTERNET:fdawson@earthlink.net
URL:http://home.earthlink.net/~fdawson
END:vCard

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Thanks Kees
by hairymon / March 22, 2007 5:32 AM PDT

It seems to happen on all instances of Outlook in this office, all accounts, the machines with 2002 and the ones with 2003.

As for receiving a v-card, it is very rare that I get them, I'll let you know when I find one in my archives, thanks.

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