Can we have a block that creates a 'me card' in 'Vcard' format that Android phone will recognise and add to contacts.? (Apologies if the existing one does this, I haven't actually tried it)
A vCard can be done, but there are a few questions that come up.
Setting up to do a vCard is not really a problem. Making it work with any given phone is the problem. An android device (or any device, really) doesn't dictate the type of code or format used. It has an contact manager that can hold certain data, and that varies by version and implementation.
The scanner app is where the magic happens, converting what is scanned to what the contact manager can use. By all the stats I've ever seen, there is much better coverage for the MECARD than vCard. Can you give me an example of an Android scanner that doesn't do MECARD?
I can understand why you might want some of the extra fields possible in the relatively huge vCard spec, but it is unrealistic to expect the results on the scanning end will be anywhere near universal. Also, size quickly becomes an issue on the scanning end, where bigger translates to higher failure rate, which in turn translates into end user frustration.
Deciding on the list of vCard types to include could easily be the most time consuming part of adding support for vCard. If it is a minimal list, it doesn't add much value, but if it is too large, it becomes cumbersome and likely to fail during scanning or in post scan decoding.
One compromise I've seen which mitigates these issues is to save the full vCard as a file on the web, and put the URL to it in the QR code. This generally gives the contact manager (on whatever platform) full access to the data to pick and choose, rather than having the scanner app act as the intermediary. Unfortunately, even this is not universal.
If there is significant interest and agreement on the details of a vCard addition, I'll be happy to put it in. I just need a good map of what is expected.
Thanks for the feedback!
From Keokuk, IA