XML to vCard Converter

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What is XML?

  • XML stands for "eXtensible Markup Language."
  • It is a markup language that defines rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable.
  • XML is widely used for representing structured data and documents on the web.
  • It provides a way to store and transport data that can be easily parsed and manipulated.
  • XML documents consist of elements, attributes, and text content.
  • XML files typically have the ".xml" file extension.
  • The MIME type for XML is "application/xml."

XML Example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<items>
  <item>
    <UID>f8e0bd14-57a3-4a8c-89a0-34794eb971f7</UID>
    <Full_Name>Aimee</Full_Name>
    <Email_Home>Mckenna_Toy24@yahoo.com</Email_Home>
    <Address_Billing>698 Rohan Pine</Address_Billing>
    <Phone_Car>262-665-9227 x945</Phone_Car>
    <Url>https://ethical-developmental.com</Url>
    <Title>Mechanical Engineer</Title>
    <Organization>Hegmann - Lueilwitz</Organization>
    <Birthday>20100928</Birthday>
  </item>
  <item>
    <UID>b089c817-3ef4-4d21-84f5-1b8c17ef65b4</UID>
    <Full_Name>Laverne</Full_Name>
    <Email_Additional>Eloy46@gmail.com</Email_Additional>
    <Address_Billing>417 Lillian Locks</Address_Billing>
    <Phone_Video>520-581-7516 x007</Phone_Video>
    <Url>https://outlying-lamb.org/</Url>
    <Title>Software Engineer</Title>
    <Organization>Conn - Leuschke</Organization>
    <Birthday>19950429</Birthday>
  </item>
</items>

Advantages of Using XML:

  • Human-Readable: XML is designed to be human-readable and self-descriptive, making it easy for developers and users to understand the structure of the data.
  • Platform-Independent: XML is platform-independent and can be used for data interchange between different systems and applications.
  • Extensibility: XML allows for the definition of custom tags and structures, providing flexibility and extensibility in representing diverse types of data.
  • Structured Data: XML is suitable for representing structured data, making it a popular choice for configuration files, data exchange between web services, and more.

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Explore more about XML on Wikipedia.

What is VCF?

  • VCF stands for "vCard File" or "Virtual Contact File."
  • It is a standardized electronic business card format.
  • VCF files typically contain contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and more.
  • This format is widely used for sharing and exchanging contact details between devices and applications.
  • VCF files often have the ".vcf" file extension.
  • The MIME type for VCF is "text/vcard."

VCF Example:

BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
FN:John Doe
ORG:Company Inc.
TEL:+123456789
EMAIL:john.doe@email.com
END:VCARD

Advantages of Using VCF:

  • Compatibility: VCF files are widely supported by various platforms, making them compatible for sharing contact information across different devices and applications.
  • Standardized Format: The vCard format is standardized, ensuring consistency and interoperability in storing and exchanging contact details.
  • Rich Information: VCF files can store a variety of contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and more.
  • Easy Import/Export: VCF files can be easily imported into and exported from contact management applications, simplifying the process of managing and sharing contact information.

Read More:

Explore more about VCF on Wikipedia.

How to Convert XML to VCF (vCard)?

Step 1: Enter Text or Upload File

Start by providing your XML data. You can either type it in or upload an XML file. Ensure that the input adheres to the required XML format for accurate conversion.

Step 2: Click the "Convert" Button

Once your XML data is entered and options are selected, click the "Convert" button. This triggers the system to process the XML information and convert it into VCF (vCard) format while maintaining the structure and integrity of the data.

Step 3: Copy Result Data or Download VCF File

After the conversion is complete, you have options. Copy the result to use immediately, or click "Download" to save the VCF file on your device. This enables easy access and sharing of the converted data whenever needed.

Converted VCF Output:

BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
FN:Aimee
EMAIL:Mckenna_Toy24@yahoo.com
TEL:262-665-9227 x945
ADR:698 Rohan Pine
URL:https://ethical-developmental.com
TITLE:Mechanical Engineer
ORG:Hegmann - Lueilwitz
BDAY:20100928
END:VCARD

BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
FN:Laverne
EMAIL:Eloy46@gmail.com
ADR:417 Lillian Locks
TEL:520-581-7516 x007
URL:https://outlying-lamb.org/
TITLE:Software Engineer
ORG:Conn - Leuschke
BDAY:19950429
END:VCARD

XML to VCF (vCard) FAQs

1. How does the XML to VCF conversion work on ConversionTab?

The XML to VCF conversion feature on ConversionTab allows users to seamlessly transform XML data into VCF (vCard) format, commonly used for contact information storage. Users have two input options: 'Text' and 'File.'

2. What are the input options for XML data?

ConversionTab offers users two convenient ways to input their XML data:
  • Text Tab: Users can manually enter XML data as a valid string in this tab.
  • File Tab: Users can upload their XML file through the 'Drop/Browse File' feature, making it easy to work with existing data.

3. What happens after entering XML data?

Upon entering XML data, users are directed to the 'Output Options' section, where the crucial process of mapping XML attributes to vCard fields takes place. Accurate mapping is essential for ensuring that the resulting vCard file contains the desired contact information.

4. What are the special requirements for mapping Email, Phone, and Address?

Mapping Email, Phone, and Address attributes involves specific requirements to achieve correct conversions:
  • Email: Users must select both the attribute type (e.g., Email Work) and the corresponding vCard field (e.g., EMAIL). This ensures that the email address is correctly categorized.
  • Phone: Similar to Email, Phone mapping requires users to specify both the attribute type (e.g., Phone Home) and the desired vCard field (e.g., TEL).
  • Address: Address mapping involves assigning the attribute type (e.g., Address Home) to the appropriate vCard field (e.g., ADR).

5. What is the 'Include' column?

The 'Include' column is a crucial part of the conversion process. It provides a checkbox for each vCard field. Users can check or uncheck these checkboxes to control whether specific vCard fields are included or excluded in the resulting vCard file. This gives users full control over which information is included based on their preferences.

6. What are the auto-mapped columns and their formats?

ConversionTab provides the convenience of auto-mapped columns and their corresponding formats:
#VCF FieldMappingFormat
0UIDUIDUnique Identifier
1TITLETitleTitle of Contact
2FNFull NameFull Name of Contact
3TELPhone VoiceVoice Phone Number
4NNName Components
5EMAILEmail WorkEmail Address (Work)
6CATEGORIESCATEGORIESContact Categories
7ADRAddress HomeHome Address
8URLURLWebsite URL
9NOTENOTEAdditional Notes
10ORGOrganizationOrganization Name
11BDAYBirthdayDate of Birth (YYYYMMDD)
12GENDERGENDERGender Information
13ROLEROLEContact's Role
14IMPPIMPPInstant Messaging Protocol
15GEOGEOGeographical Coordinates
This auto-mapping simplifies the conversion process by recognizing and configuring common attributes automatically.

7. How can I handle multi-valued fields like multiple email addresses?

For multi-valued fields, such as multiple email addresses, ConversionTab provides two methods:

  • Combine in a Single Attribute: Users can include multiple values in a single XML attribute, separating them using a specified separator (e.g., Email1, Email2, Email3).
  • Add Rows: Alternatively, users can click the '+' button to add additional rows for each value.

This flexibility ensures that multi-valued fields are handled efficiently.

8. How do I get the VCF output?

Once the mapping and settings are complete, users can initiate the conversion process by clicking the 'Convert' button. The resulting VCF data is displayed in a textarea, providing users with two options:

  • Copy: Users can copy the generated VCF data for use elsewhere.
  • Download: Users can download the VCF file, with the option to specify a custom file name if desired.
This flexibility ensures that users can choose the most suitable method for accessing their converted data.

9. Is there an example XML and a way to reset the input/output data?

ConversionTab provides additional features to enhance the user experience:

  • Example XML: Users can access a sample XML by clicking the 'Example' button, which populates the text area with sample data, making it easier to understand the conversion process.
  • Reset Functionality: To clear input and output data, users can utilize the 'Clear' button, ensuring a clean slate for new conversions or adjustments.

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