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Accessing Calendars

Each LionsBase website comes with a public page containing the calendar plugin. The Webmaster may then configure it to include any number of calendar sources. In addition, options in the plugin allow you to retrieve events and store them in your own calendar desktop or mobile software (e.g., iCal/Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Sunbird).

The first option to retrieve the details of an event is to click on the icon ICS next to the event:

Download single event

This should automatically open your preferred calendar application and add a new entry to your default calendar. The details of the corresponding event are downloaded and are thus disconnected from the original event. If some piece of information changes (such as the date or time), the downloaded event will not get updated.

Staying in Sync with the Events

Another option is to subscribe to the calendar itself. This ensures your local calendar is always in sync with the corresponding LionsBase calendar.

The exact process of subscribing to a calendar may differ from one application to another but typically involves creating a new calendar that is linked to a public URL. When using iCal/Calendar, a menu entry is dedicated to this operation:

New calendar as a subscription

and then asks for the calendar URL:

Public Calendar URL

LionsBase makes this operation even easier by taking advantage of the webcal:// URI scheme. In fact, a link using this scheme (in contrast to the standard http:// or https:// schemes) instructs your browser to launch the default calendar application and subscribe to the URL instead of downloading the calendar.

You may see one of those two buttons at the end of the list of events, according to whether you are authenticated (left) or not (right):

Subscribe to the calendar (authenticated / anonymous)

The calendar for authenticated members includes all events of the members and will most probably be much more interesting than the public calendar. Please note that the resulting calendar URL should be considered “private” and should never be shared with others.

If for any reason the webcal:// link would not be handled by your environment, you should right click on the button, choose to copy the URL and then manually create a calendar subscription in your preferred calendar application.

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