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Nevis Calendars

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  For a more complete listing of how to configure calendar clients, see the DAViCal website.
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Here's how to create/subscribe to calendars on the Nevis CalDAV server using iCal or BusyCal:
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Here's how to create/subscribe to calendars on the Nevis CalDAV server using Apple Calendar or BusyCal:
 
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  • In iCal, you do this by selecting "Preferences", selecting the Account pane, then hitting the "+" sign in the lower left-hand corner of the pane. In BusyCal, use the Calendar menu and select "Connect to iCloud/CalDAV server".
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  • In Apple Calendar, you do this by selecting "Preferences", selecting the Account pane, then hitting the "+" sign in the lower left-hand corner of the pane. In BusyCal, use the Calendar menu and select "Connect to iCloud/CalDAV server".
 
  • The account type is "CalDAV".
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  • If you get a dialog box about a certificate, just accept it.
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  • If you want to see any of the other Nevis calendars in iCal, select the "Delegation" sub-pane. At minimum, you'll probably want "Nevis Group". (In BusyCal, you don't have to do this.)
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  • If you want to see any of the other Nevis calendars in Apple Calendar, select the "Delegation" sub-pane. At minimum, you'll probably want "Nevis Group". (In BusyCal, you don't have to do this.)
 
  • You will not see any new calendars on the viewcal page (see below). I have to manually edit a script on the web server to make that happen. I'll do that as soon as I see that you've created a calendar of your own, or you can just send me an e-mail.
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If you're using Mozilla's Sunbird, you'll have to subscribe to each calendar individually:
https://calendar.nevis.columbia.edu/caldav/caldav.php/ACCOUNT/calendar
https://calendar.nevis.columbia.edu/caldav/caldav.php/nevis/university-holidays
https://calendar.nevis.columbia.edu/caldav/caldav.php/nevis/other
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Apple Calendar tips

  • If you're having trouble with events being saved from Apple Calendar, go to the Calendar menu, select Preferences..., select Alerts, and make sure that all default alerts are set to "None." In particular, Apple Calendar seems to have trouble saving banner or multi-day events with alerts enabled.
 

Accessing a Nevis CalDAV calendar on a tablet/smartphone

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  • Make sure SSL is turned on.
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  • Unlike iCal or BusyCal, you'll probably have to subscribe to each additional calendar individually, with a separate "account" for each one (or each group). Examples:
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  • Unlike Apple Calendar or BusyCal, you'll probably have to subscribe to each additional calendar individually, with a separate "account" for each one (or each group). Examples:
 
    • To subscribe to the Nevis holiday and general calendars, create a new account with the URL https://calendar.nevis.columbia.edu/caldav/caldav.php/nevis/
    • To subscribe to the calendar(s) for account rdoe (whether or not you're rdoe), use the URL https://calendar.nevis.columbia.edu/caldav/caldav.php/rdoe/
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  WebDAV is an older calendar protocol which is gradually becoming obsolete, mainly because it's not as good a protocol for sharing calendars between different machines. However, it's good enough if you're only going to access your calendar with a single laptop. Among the programs that can use WebDAV are:
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  • Sunbird, a free program from Mozilla, the same organization that makes the web browser Firefox and the mail program Thunderbird. This calendar software is also available as an extension to Thunderbird called Lightning. There are versions of this program available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

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  • BusyCal. This is the program I use, and I strongly recommend it.
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  • As noted above, you can only view calendars, you cannot edit them.
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  • If you have a calendar on any CalDAV server (Google Calendars, the Nevis server described above, etc.) it can be displayed on this page. Send me the iCal URL (available from the Shared Settings page for the calendar) and I'll include it on the list.
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  • If you have a calendar on any CalDAV server (Google Calendars, the Nevis server described above, etc.) it can be displayed on this page. Send me the calendar URL (available from the Shared Settings page for the calendar) and I'll include it on the list.
 
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