Discussion:
Send text file shows differently in Outlook
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tsteuver@earthlink.net [blat]
2017-08-04 13:01:53 UTC
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We use Blat for a lot of emailing text files in scheduled tasks. We are now using Outlook 2010 and now when we send the text file, the displayed formatting in Outlook is changed and no longer lined up. What settings in Blat or Outlook to make them display correctly? Examples below:


Send:


Tape# Group Sub-Group System Description Date Written Date Exp.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
63 SPECIAL SPECIAL SLICE Slice Billing Files 1994 12-31-2004 00-00-0000
225 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 4 12-30-2016 00-00-0000
243 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 5 12-30-2016 00-00-0000
244 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 6 12-30-2016 00-00-0000

248 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 7 12-30-2016 00-00-0000


and it looks like this in Outlook:


Tape# Group Sub-Group System Description Date Written Date Exp.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
63 SPECIAL SPECIAL SLICE Slice Billing Files 1994 12-31-2004 00-00-0000
225 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 4 12-30-2016 00-00-0000
243 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 5 12-30-2016 00-00-0000
244 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 6 12-30-2016 00-00-0000
248 YEARLY FULL GAIMAGESRV Tape 7 12-30-2016 00-00-0000
'Chip' chip.programmer@att.net [blat]
2017-08-05 06:03:34 UTC
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Post by ***@earthlink.net [blat]
We use Blat for a lot of emailing text files in scheduled tasks. We are
now using Outlook 2010 and now when we send the text file, the displayed
formatting in Outlook is changed and no longer lined up. What settings in
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I think the biggest issue is that your plain text messages are being
presented by Outlook as proportional font messages, for the human’s pleasure
at reading. The only way to have some control over this is to format your
messages as HTML, and use tables or use the <pre> </pre> commands to format
the text as monospaced font.

What I see from your message as it was received at my end is that it looks
exactly the same top and bottom, so it is a matter of how any email client
chooses to present the information to their human reader. A simple text
file has no formatting, and Blat will make no assumptions about how it
should be presented to the end client. The presentation is left to the
discretion of the human reader at that far end.
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Chip




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