Sending a message... to IBM
Mon 12 Jan 2009, 05:45 AM
by Ben Langhinrichs
I am a huge fan of Lotus Notes. I have based my business, my livelihood, my children's college educations, on Lotus Notes. But I believe one can applaud the product while still raising hell about a deficiency in it. I have been accused, perhaps fairly, in coming up with an extreme case of formatting that would not normally be expected to render properly. So, I decided to go back to basics and try again with IBM's formatting. The following is the Notes Client (8.0.1) Help topic "Sending a message" which I got to via Help - Help Contents - Lotus Notes - Mail - Sending a message. It would be hard to argue that this is not something a user would see, or formatting that would not be used, yet after IBM's MIME conversion, it renders like a nicely formatted web page from which someone deleted the CSS file.
Help topic, copied into a mail message (with the colors, fonts and everything matched as closely as I could)
That message in MS Outlook 2003 (after IBM's MIME conversion)
That message in Notes 8.0.1 client after being mailed through the Internet (after IBM's MIME conversion)
That message in MS Outlook 2003 (after Genii's conversion)
So what is the message to IBM? Well, you can try this one:
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