Outlook and Dashboard subscriptions

Hi,

           Has anyone come up with a way to improve the look of the Dashboard email subscription in Outlook.  It appears like every email client except Outlook displays the HTML email wonderfully, but Outlook turns it into a mess L Tables are not lined up well, backgrounds are missing, chart legends are all over the place.  Its not really something we can use and send to people. 

Christopher Lasater
Technology Analyst I
Taleo

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Has anyone come up with a way to improve the look of the Dashboard
email subscription in Outlook. It appears like every email client
except Outlook displays the HTML email wonderfully, but Outlook turns
it into a mess L Tables are not lined up well, backgrounds are missing,
chart legends are all over the place. Its not really something we can
use and send to people.

Without knowing what version of Outlook you’re using, it’s hard to
comment. At one time it worked really well on Outlook, there’s also
been some work to kill background colors since they render so poorly
there. I believe you can find reference to that in the mailing list
archives.

-kevin

I am using 2007, and some people here have 2010. I read about the option that pops up for 2010, but that does not really help the people using 2007. I only saw the one post for this issue back in March and they did not seem to have come up with a solution.

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I am using 2007, and some people here have 2010. I read about the option that pops up for 2010, but that does not really help the people using 2007. I only saw the one post for this issue back in March and they did not seem to have come up with a solution.

If you can play around with the generated HTML and tell us what will
make it better on 2007, we can certainly work to get it folded into a
future release.

-kevin

I am using 2007, and some people here have 2010. I read about the
option that pops up for 2010, but that does not really help the
people using 2007. I only saw the one post for this issue back in
March and they did not seem to have come up with a solution.

Basically, Outlook 2007 uses the Microsoft Word HTML rendering engine, not
the Internet Explorer rendering engine. There are entire websites devoted
to this topic, I won’t go into detail here except to point out that:

Global CSS doesn’t work. You must use embedded CSS tags, and even then,
CSS is very poorly supported.

The bottom line here is: good luck.

For further reading:
http://www.campaignmonitor.com/blog/post/2393/microsoft-takes-email-design-b/

http://www.fixoutlook.org/

-Adam Thompson
athompso@athompso.net