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You might want to change your Outlook: Border Patrol!

Tue 9 Jun 2009, 07:54 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
As I mentioned in my previous article, You might want to change your Outlook: Margin Madness, a fair number of Notes customers and IBM business partners seem to be under the impression that Outlook renders perfectly while Lotus Notes has problems.  This is absolutely false.  Here is another simple example of bad rendering (it is a bit harder for me to come up with Outlook examples since I don't use Outlook as my mail client, but only a bit):

An email created in Outlook 2003 looks like this

Table as created in Outlook 2003

When it it received by Gmail, it looks like this with wrong borders (and lousy spacing as it happens)

Table as received by Gmail

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What has been said:

820.1. Craig Wiseman
(06/10/2009 01:48 PM)

And the staggering conclusion that many end user/real humans reach is that GMail's rendering is broken, obviously.

It's insanely frustrating that M$ has that much mind control.

820.2. Ben Langhinrichs
(06/10/2009 02:41 PM)

True, although this problem would be true withj any web based email, not just Gmail. Nonetheless, part of the difficulty is that Microsoft simply brushes everybody else off, and we all let them get away with it. Wait until my next example, which shows a stunning degree of proprietary arrogance.