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Re-skinning Outlook Web Access

Posted on 2004-08-02
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I have been given the task of re-skinning Exchange 2000 OWA using only client-side technology. I am allowed to alter the css and javascript elements but not the server-side code. In addition to this The server may be upgraded to Exchange 2003 at some point in the future.

The prototype that I have been given uses DHTML to re-write the innerHTML elements of various parts of the page and the script is fired by the document onload event. this seems clunky to me and I was wondering if anybody knew of a better way to do it.

I had thought of using xslt to strip the HTML down to just the nuts&bolts and then another xslt transformation to build the target HTML, this seems to be unfeasible because OWA does not return wel-formed XHTML.

I have looked at using WebDAV to get the data but I'm not sure whether it would be a feasible solution given the project constraints (although the target browser is IE5.5+).

Does anybody have any ideas on this?
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ouch ... it would be easiest to modify the HTML that is output by the server-side code and make it flexible there to make design changes easy with CSS ... coming back over with client-side script would be a bear ...

can you not touch the server-side code at all? just the output portions ... and not the logic? why not?
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Don't bother asking why I can't touch the server-side. This project is a joint venture between 3 companies and the infrastructure provider have laid down these specifications based on some simple prototypes that their guys have done. I think at the moment your suggestion of modifying the HTML and then using CSS may be the only method they'll allow but I was hoping to use xsl for the transform and then re-use as much of the OWA client-side code as possible.

Is there anybody out there who's done this before?
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