Problem with Web Page Embedded vCard

Posted on 2005-03-31
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Last Modified: 2010-07-27
I want to allow visitors to a website to download vcard contact information directly into MS Outlook.

I have created  a contact in Outlook and exported it as a .vcf file to a folder in my website called 'vcard'.  The folder has been uploaded to the server.  I have a link on a page to that vcard/.vcf file.  

Here's the problem, when I or anyone else click on the webpage link to download the vCard, what displays is a text file, which is not supposed to happen:

BEGIN:VCARD VERSION:2.1 N:Gram;Chresten;(Chris) J. FN:xxx J. Gram ORG:Bateman Seidel Miner Blomgren Chellis & Gram, P.C. TITLE:Shareholder TEL;WORK;VOICE:(503) 972-xxxx TEL;WORK;FAX:(503) 972-xxxx ADR;WORK:;;888 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1150;Portland;OR;97204;United States of America LABEL;WORK;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:888 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1150=0D=0APortland, OR 97204=0D=0AUnited States o= f America URL;WORK:http://www.batemanseidel.com EMAIL;PREF;INTERNET:xxxx@BatemanSeidel.com REV:20050312T203734Z END:VCARD

When I test it locally it works fine.

Any thoughts?  

Thanks in advance.
Question by:gilroda
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ID: 13675525

  I have saved a contact as vcs file and added in a html file, but as link not as the text "BEGIN:...." and when I click on the link the contact is opened.

  Html file:
<a href="Test User.vcf">here</a>


Author Comment

ID: 13676038
I've done some further research and it turns out that since the site is hosted on a Unix server I need to place a vCard mime type declaration in an .htaccess file in order for the vCard to download properly from the website

For example, open Notepad and insert the following text:

AddType text/v-vCard vcf

Save the file as .htaccess and upload to your directory.

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