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Can Lotus Notes email messages display HTML coming from an external server?

Greetings all,

I am a J2EE developer with no prior Lotus Notes experience and I have been tasked with determining what type of modifications we may have to make to an application we're working on.

The application is a tool that allows for real-time collaboration between users via email.  When you open the email, the body of the message is built by sending an HTTP request to our application server which then returns HTML to the client.  The HTML is then displayed in the body of the email message.  YCurrently, this works fine with Microsoft Outlook; however, I need to estimate time for integrating with Lotus Notes for another client.

What I really need to know is if a) HTML can be rendered in a Lotus Notes (version 5) email message, b) what browser client is used to render that message, c) is the browser client configurable by the user and d) if there are any notable limitations to this approach.

Thanks again for any help you can offer!
1 Solution
a) Notes R5 supports MIME and thus HTML-formatted messages.

b) This is determined by the user preferences setting found in the current location document. It can be Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or the Notes built-in browser.

c) Yes.

d) The Notes built in browser will display most HTML, JavaScript, etc. without any problems. However, support for some advanced web technologies such as CSS is not as good in Notes as it is in Internet Explorer, for example. For the most part, web pages in Notes will look the same as they do in Internet Explorer, with the exception of a few pages that use such features (these pages will look less like they were designed to appear when viewed in Notes). Notes R6 has better support for CSS and other DHTML features.

Hope that answers some of your questions.


sliksvelteAuthor Commented:
Thanks scottrma, that's exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.  Much obliged!

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