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I'm working hard to make sure these calendars work great in any calendar program in any time zone.
If you're not sure how to use iCal formatted calendars,
it may not work properly for you. The following information is here to help you get the most from these schedules.
Import or subscribe?
When you import a schedule into your calendar, it pulls all events from the file
and puts them directly into your calendar along with any other events you already have. Once imported,
there is no more interaction with the ICS file. You can then edit any of the imported events to add your
own notes, change dates/times, etc. You can even delete certain events if you want, just like any other
event in your calendar.
When you subscribe to a schedule, you enter the URL of the ICS file into your
calendar application, which then reads the file from this web site and shows all events in your calendar. It then periodically
re-reads the same URL and updates your calendar accordingly with any changes. It is expected that the
schedule data may change in some way, which is indeed the case with my schedules. Game times may change,
and each game is updated with scores after it's played. The most obvious change is that toward the end
of the season, additional games are added to the schedules as the playoffs unfold.
Since the source of the data is my schedule data, you are not able to edit these events in your calendar.
Check your calendar application's documentation to see what methods are supported. For example, the
schedule of automatic updates to ICS subscriptions may vary; some programs may even require that you
manually click a button to cause the update to happen.
Time Zone Handling
The raw data in these data files specifies the US Central time zone for every game. If your calendar application
properly handles time zones, and if the time zone is set properly on your computer, then the game times
will be automatically adjusted to reflect your home time zone.
If you're having troubles with time zones, be sure to check out the tips explained below.
Game time spans until 2145 (or 2146) in the iPhone/iPod Touch
A number of fans with an iPhone or iPod Touch have reported that all games are spanning
from the game time until a date in 2145. This was a bug in the operating system on the
device (not a problem with my data). Upgrade to the latest iOS to fix this problem.
Here's a Google search that shows a few web pages about the topic:
UPDATE: I found that if I follow Tip #2 below on my iPod Touch, this resolves the 2145 issue.
What about next season?
My plan is to maintain these schedules indefinitely into the future. My program is setup to
always show the current season. So when next season's schedule is announced, it'll just
automatically appear on your calendar. No need to re-subscribe.
I appreciate when you let me know that these schedules are working well in your application.
These are the applications that you have told me about where these schedules work fine:
If your application is not listed here, then, sorry, I don't know about it.
If you are using these schedules in an application not listed, please let me know.
You may also be interested in this
list of applications with iCalendar support.
Tips and Tricks
Not all calendar applications handle time zones the same way, and some, quite frankly, just do it wrong.
If you're in this situation, it probably means that the schedules are appearing in your calendar correctly,
except that the game times are off an hour or two. Instead of just sitting here pointing fingers, I built
in a small feature to help out. You can now force my web site to adjust the game time by as many hours
as you want. Here's how:
Here's an example of a standard ICS link:
Here's the same schedule, with with one hour added to each game time:
Here's the same schedule, with with two hours subtracted from each game time:
I think you get the idea. Just add or subtract however many hours you need (up to 24).
Just know that when you do this, the actual data is technically wrong, as
it's still in the central time zone (where SEZ hails from). And if you happen to upgrade your calendar
and it starts to handle time zones correctly, then your game times may be wrong again. But I figure that
if it makes the game times show up correctly in your calendar for now, then great.
A couple of users with iPhones have resolved time zone issues this way. First, subscribe to the schedule in Google
Calendar. Make that calendar public in Google. Then use Google's public ICS URL to subscribe in the iPhone Calenar.
This works because Google reads the data properly, whereas Apple seems to have trouble with it (though Apple seems
to read Google's data okay).
If you're using the iCal application on a Mac, when you subscribe, it may simply download the feed and do a
one-time import. If you want a true dynamic subscription, try changing the "http" in the URL to "webcal", like this:
If you'd like to add a label to the beginning of each event on your calendar, so that your events would appear like this:
NFL: Arizona at Green Bay
instead of just this:
Arizona at Green Bay
you can add your own label to the URL like this:
That's the lower case letter "l" (for label), followed by a colon, followed by the label you want (12 characters max).
I used "NFL: " in this example, but you could make it anything so that the games stand out on your calendar.
If you want a space in the label, just use the plus sign (+).
If you'd like the week number in the label, just use a dollar sign ($), like this:
Many thanks to Merv Priestley, an SEZ fan in New Zealand, for asking for this feature on the
South End Zone Facebook page on Aug 13, 2011.
I really do listen to your feedback!
If you still have technical issues or questions, I want to hear from you. Please post a message
on the South End Zone Facebook page and I'll
help you there. You may even find other SEZ fans in the same situtation as yourself who have