4 Replies Latest reply on May 21, 2012 10:09 AM by crossman

    Email blog post formatting

    Edward Ford

      A user has been posting to his group blog by email and found that sometimes the formatting  in the email sometimes gets completely lost.  The worst part is text wrapping - whole sentences in my Outlook HTML  mail will get chopped up into 80char lines, rather than being retained  as a whole sentence. Is this a known error?

       

      Also, bolding / italics etc. don't seem to come through sometimes.

       

      Has anyone else encountered this and is there a fix?

        • Re: Email blog post formatting
          mstoner15

          We are about to upgrade to Jive 5 this year so I hoping more layout options become available as we get many requests. It has been a known issue for us, blogs in Jive really don't recognize any specialized formatting done in Word, Outlook etc...

           

          I have been experimenting with this recently and I think for now blogging is limited on any special/fancy formatting.

           

          I've also tested a page creation in Adobe InDesign, exported to a PDF and uploaded but it pixelizes the type. Not a good look.

           

          Bottom line is we have to remember that blogs are meant as great collaboration tool and not a DTP or design tool.

          • Re: Email blog post formatting
            crossman

            I think there are two issues here. First, how does a posting look when submitted via email. This will vary depending on the format of the email message itself (plain text email vs. HTML email might look very different). In general, one sending a blog post (or document or discussion) via email should have fairly low expectations and if detailed formatting is important then sending it in via email is probably ill-advised.

             

            Second issue via Margaret Stoner is what sort of formatting do the blogs have when edited natively. In this case, blogs in Jive work basically the same way as documents, since they are using the same rich-text editor. I would say that for the vast majority of use cases the editor works great for blogs - including the ability to do rich-text formatting (hyperlinks, bolds, italics, lists, headings). I would not call this "limited". 

             

            Table support, for data presentation is good (and better in Jive 5 and above) - but agree you shouldn't be using "page layout" concepts with multiple columns of text, etc.

              • Re: Email blog post formatting
                mstoner15

                Very well put @Kevin Crossman. I should have phrased that differently and agree 100% that the Blog editor works fine. I recently had a request to wrap text around an image in a blog. Anything is possible but with time constraints for most of us, blogging is a great, quick way of collaborating with the right amount of style options. Thank You for the follow-up Kevin.

                  • Re: Email blog post formatting
                    crossman

                    I recently had a request to wrap text around an image in a blog.

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