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If you're not able to use the Hercules 2-way online integration, there are a few ways you can still interface with your own web site or another 3rd-party system that sends E-mail reservation data to you.
The specifics of the setup depend on which types of online requests you want to handle -- retrieving and parsing formatted E-mail requests, uploading vacancy grid pages to your own web site, or integration with an online reservation service.
Once you've decided which parts of the online reservation support you need to use, there are 4 or 5 major steps that need to be performed for setup:
•Data Fields -- Enable the appropriate data fields needed for online request processing.
•Connections & Options -- Set up the connection parameters required for each type of processing used.
•Site Fields -- Fill in the specifics of how each site will be used and identified for online requests.
•Parsing Sets -- Define the parsing rules for extracting data from the requests.
•iCal Profiles -- If you're importing or exporting iCal files, define the details through these.
Each of these is covered in detail in the following sections. See the "Setting Up" checklists for each type of online reservation handling for a quick guide to what's needed.
Data Fields Used
Setting Up for Export to Web Vacancy Grids
Setting Up for E-mail Requests
Connections & Options:
Online Connections - General
Online Connections - Export to Web
Online Connections - E-mail Requests
Online Connections - iCal
Online Setup - Site Data Fields
Online Setup - Parsing Sets
Completed Web form example with parsing rules
iCal files --
Attaching iCal files to E-mail Confirmations
Setting Up for Export to iCal Files
Exporting to iCal Files
Setting Up for Import from iCal Files
Importing iCal Files
Setup iCal Profiles
Edit iCal Profile
Retrieving Online Reservations