[chandler-users] Calendar stamping an item that already has time and date information

Mimi Yin mimi at osafoundation.org
Fri Aug 8 10:50:32 PDT 2008

Hi Daniel,

I think I know what went wrong.

If you create an item without specifically denoting that it is an  
event, what gets created is a plain Note with a custom Tickler Alarm  
set for whatever date/time you typed in the Quick Entry bar.

So your "Meeting with so and so next Thursday at 11AM" created a Note  
with an Alarm for next Thursday at 11AM.

Then you stamped it to put it on the calendar, and by default, the  
event date was set to Today.

We should add a list of words to look out for in the Quick Entry bar  
like Appointment / Meeting or Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast/Brunch/Coffee  
and automatically turn those items into events.

However right now, you must first type "/e" to specify that what  
you're creating is an event. (/m creates messages and /s creates  
starred notes. You can also combine them to create combination items  
like invitations: "/e /m Meeting next Thursday at 11AM")

Give it a try and let us know if you're still not seeing the event on  
the calendar in the right place.


On Aug 7, 2008, at 9:53 AM, Daniel Nelson wrote:

> Hello List,
> (Please pardon if this question is an old topic around here.  I'm  
> new to Chandler and to the list, but excited to try out Chandler  
> after reading _Dreaming in Code_ earlier this summer.)
> I downloaded Chandler for the first time last night.  This morning,  
> I demoed it to a colleague using web-conferencing software.  (It  
> turns out that he is a Lotus Agenda fan -- he'd been using it up to  
> last year -- which I didn't know until I mentioned a little about  
> the history of Chandler and he became very excited.)
> I created a new item:  "Meeting with so and so next Thursday at  
> 11am".  Sure enough, the item was created and was marked with the  
> correct date and time.  So then I go to show my colleague how easy  
> it is to stamp items in different ways.  After clicking the  
> calendar stamp, I went to the calendar and displayed next week to  
> find...no new meeting event.  In the end, it turns out that the  
> item did appear in the calendar, but instead of using the time and  
> date that it so cleverly picked up when the item was created, the  
> date in the calendar was today, with no time.
> I can understand items defaulting to today when they have no date  
> and time associated with them, but it seems like a natural  
> extension of the Chandler philosophy for the date and time already  
> associated with an item to become the default calendar time-stamp  
> for that item.  Am I missing something?  Or is this perhaps already  
> on the wish-list?
> Thank You,
> Daniel
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