How To: Validate HTML Email Content For Outlook 2007

Quite often, we send out automated emails from our .NET applications. Usually they are for our own internal users, but from time to time, they are for external users. Outlook 2007 and Word 2007 revamped the HTML Email rendering. They now use the Word 2007 Schema, a subset of the 4.01 Transitional Schema. Apparently, Word 2007 doesn't like certain CSS attributes especially if you use normal CSS to layout your email (fixed width divs, etc). More information about this topic can be found by visiting http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338200.aspx and http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338201.aspx. Microsoft offers a few options to validate your HTML, CSS, XML, etc with the Word 2007 Schema. Using the two links above, you can find all of the aorementioned information.

3 Comments

  • Jason,

    Check out this service, it's run by some friends of mine here in the UK: -

    http://litmusapp.com/features

    It supports: -

    Outlook 2007
    Outlook 2003
    Outlook 2002
    Outlook 2000
    Gmail
    Hotmail
    AOL Mail


    Thanks,

    Phil.

  • The decision to not correctly render CSS in Outlook 2007 is pathetic. Microsoft has single-handedly put HTML email back 10 years.

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