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;; org-exchange-capture.el, v0.0.1
;; written by: Dirk-Jan C. Binnema <>
;; License: GPLv3+
(require 'org-capture)
;; turn the e-mails sent MS-Exchange about invitation/appointments into org-TODOs
;; using 'org-capture'.
;; The idea is that you select (mark) the parts of the email you want to add to
;; your org-todo item, and then invoke M-x djcb-capture-exchange-invite;
;; Some caveats:
;; - obviously, this is just a one-way copy, it won't make you 'accept' an
;; invitation, nor does it get any updates
;; - it seems to work with the emails I get from Exchange (I've encountered two
;; different kinds). But there may be more; at least the ones I get are in
;; English, there are probably other versions as well. I'd be interested in
;; extending the regexps with more cases.
;; NOTE:
;; It does NOT handle yet:
;; When: 12.08.2010 12:00-14:00 (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, ...
;; When: \\([0-9]\\{2\\}\.[0-9]\\{2\\}\.[0-9]\\{4\\}\\)
;; When: 20. syyskuuta 2010 12:00-12:45 (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, ....
;; When: Occurs every Thursday effective 19.08.2010 from 14:00 to 15:30
;; (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, ...
;; - it requires org-capture, which is fairly new; it should be easy to support
;; org-remember as well though. Also, I only tested with Wanderlust as e-mail
;; client; it *should* work with others as well though...
;; Note that that the message buffer must be the active buffer;
;; ie. it won't work in the 'Summary' (Wanderlust)
(defun djcb-exchange-invite-time-to-org-date()
"try to to find the Time/Date from an Exchange-invitation
e-mail in the current buffer, and convert it into an org-mode
date, or `nil' if it's not found."
"get the time/date of an Outlook invite in org-mode notation"
(let ((date) (time-begin) (time-end))
(if (re-search-forward
(concat "^When: \\([0-9]+ [a-z]+,? [0-9]\\{4\\}\\) "
"\\([0-9]+:[0-9]+\\)-\\([0-9]+:[0-9]+\\)") nil t 1)
date (parse-time-string (match-string-no-properties 1))
time-begin (match-string-no-properties 2)
time-end (match-string-no-properties 3))
(format "<%d-%02d-%02d %s--%s>"
(elt date 5) (elt date 4) (elt date 3)
time-begin time-end))
(message "No match")
(defun djcb-exchange-invite-subject()
"get the subject of an MS-Exchange invite e-mail in the current
(when (re-search-forward "^Subject: \\(.*\\)" nil t 1)
(match-string-no-properties 1)))))
(defun org-exchange-capture-invitation ()
"capture the MS-Exchange invite e-mail in buffer into an
org-mode agenda item using the org-capture system. For this to
work, you'll need to add to your `org-capture-templates' an item
with a shortcut key of 'E', e.g.
(\"E\" \"ExchangeInvite\" entry
(file+headline \"\" \"Meetings\")
\"* TODO %c\\n\")
any text you select (mark) in the buffer will be added to to
captured TODO; thus you can add the relevant details to the org TODO item.
(let( (time (djcb-exchange-invite-time-to-org-date))
(title (djcb-exchange-invite-subject))
(if (use-region-p) (buffer-substring-no-properties (region-beginning)
(region-end)) "")))
(when time
(kill-new (concat title " " time "\n\t" txt)) ;; hack: prepend to kill ring
(org-capture nil "E"))))
(provide 'org-exchange-capture)