By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-01-31 Print this article Print

But SitePoints Yank disputes this, saying that he tested the two public beta versions of Outlook 2007 and "knew there was something screwy going on. Many of the newsletters I subscribed to had become unreadable, and SitePoints own publications were looking decidedly unhealthy." The solution? Use Microsofts Outlook 2007 HTML and CSS validator tool, "to tell you which parts of your lean, mean HTML e-mails need to be replaced with old-fashioned HTML sludge. As a second step, you may want to consider giving your Outlook-based readers an easy way to switch to text-only e-mail. Bring on PDF e-mail. Im ready," he said.
For Microsofts part, the company has provided a list of HTML and CSS standards that are—and are not—supported.
As to why Outlook 2007 does not use the same standards as Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft said, "Customers using Outlook dont just want to display HTML content the way they do in their browser, but [they] also have an expectation that they should be able to author that content as well." Read here about the release of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. Microsofts document goes on to say that "a big thing we heard from customers is that they wanted the richness of the editing experience they were used to from Word integrated throughout Outlook. While Internet Explorer 7 is great, it was never intended to be an editing tool." Does Microsoft plan to add support for the missing HTML and CSS standards to Words engine? The companys response was vague: "The Word team is continually examining HTML and CSS support based on customer feedback." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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