Lotus Notes Internet mail with HTML formatting

Do you love processing your email in HTML format?  I know I do, the fonts are easier on the eye,  table columns stay where they are suppose to be.  Important points are highlighted etc.  Not to mention long line chewing hyper links are embedded, hidden away.

Users on Outlook/Exchange have it easier, most of this comes default out of the box.

Lotus Notes, well is a bit different.  The common setting for Internet mail is “HTML/ Plain Text”.   According to Notes Help is the best setting for compatibility.  What it means is that it will send Notes mail with HTML formatting, Internet mail in plain text.  To get the Notes client, you will need to set it “HTML only”.  Yes, that is correct this is a local setting.  No administrator required.  Power in your hands thing.  Where is it?

File, Tools, Preferences, User Preferences.  In the pop window, select Mail, Internet.  On the right side, under “Sending Internet Mail”, change “Internet mail format” field from “HTML/Plain Text” to “HTML only”.

Note if you are going through a drawn out process of migrating from Notes to Exchange/Outlook,  this setting becomes critical.  Users generally expect to be able to send internal emails with rich text formatting.  Even though in reality that mail is travelling out of one email world to another.

Enjoy your colors.

Browsers for the E71

There are lots of browsers available for various platforms and there are some for the Symbian S60 mobile phone operating system.  I will cover the Opera Mini, Skyfire  and Ozone for the Nokia E71.  The browsers will be tested against the home page of this blog.

Opera Mini is not your typical browser where it requests for web pages from the desired websites.  It uses Opera’s server farm to proxy the requests. The pages downloaded from Opera are compressed and pre-processed for the handphone model.  Attached below is a screenshot.

Opera showing a page to download Screenshot.
Opera showing a page to download Screenshot

Strangely the home page for this blog does not show up properly.

Opera Mini and my home page
Opera Mini and my home page

Opera Mini expects an Internet readily connection available. If you are using on a public Internet where pre authentication is required, pages will not display. You will need to use the handphone build in browser to login before switching over to Opera Mini.

Skyfire is a very lightweight based browser that operates similar to Opera.  It renders the home page properly.  The only gripe that I have is that the fonts are really small and definition poor. The text does not look crisp.

Skyfire showing the home page properly
Skyfire showing the home page properly

Note the bookmarks are kept on their server, not in your hand phone.  It appears to be a very heavy user of the data connection.  If the device is not use for few seconds, the display will gray out, similar to a screensaver.  On activation, it will reconnect to download on the same page even when I have not click through.

Skyfire bookmarks
Skyfire bookmarks

Ozone is a browser based on Webkit that is on alpha release.  It is very quick and snappy.

Ozone
Ozone

The screen looks crisp but unfortunately I can’t use it .  All the text is showing up as boxes.

Ozone showing the homepage
Ozone showing the homepage

Even a simple screen of links is showing up as boxes.

Ozone on the index page.
Ozone on the index page.

Clearly, more work needs to be done to reach beta.

Last browser in the line up is  Nokia’s build in browser or Web Browser for S60.  It is based on Webkit version 412.  It comes with a mini map feature will allow the user view a small section of the web page. It is very handy navigating large web pages.

On the default Nokia browser, only 1.5 columns shows up.

Nokia's Browser for S60 and my home page
Nokia

The final word, there are lots of web browsers for handphones.  All of them work differently and not all of them can show the test page properly.  The best renderer is Skyfire, but the screen display left much to be desired.