Does Google provide any documented, official recommendations about how to format an email that will easily import the event into a user's Google Calendar?
Let's say that I want to send an email about an event to a Gmail user. I might be sending this email using Outlook, Gmail, mailx, etc. The recipients are using Gmail.
I know this email can be formatted in a way so that Gmail can easily import this event into Google Calendar. Google describes this feature at Automatic event recognition in Gmail, and at Help articles › Access options › Other Google products › Gmail.
However, this feature doesn't always work.
I've tried many different formats, placed different text in different email bodies, in the subject line, etc. Sometimes they work, sometimes and don't.
- Sometimes there is a "Add to Calendar" link on the right side of the Gmail page.
- I can also go to the menu "More: Create Event". This will bring me to a Google Calendar page to create the event. Sometimes the fields are automatically populated with information from the email, but often these fields are all blank.
Here are some examples:
One with a location and day:
Meet me at the circus this Thursday
Date, time and location:
Meet me at the Circus at 2198 University Ave, Berkeley, CA on Aug 10, 2011 at 3:00PM
Event, date and location labelled as such:
What: Meet at the Circus Where: 2198 University Ave, Berkeley, CA When: Aug 10, 2011 at 3:00PM
Are there any recommendations or guidelines about how to format these emails so that they are automatically recognized by Google Calendar?
Is there a difference between 'normal' Gmail vs. Google Apps?