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.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.
For Microsofts part, the company has provided a list of HTML and CSS standards that areand are notsupported.