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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:33

Office 2011 SP1 affects some AppleScripts


I don't know how many people will be affected by this, but I've discovered that if you've been sending plain text emails through Outlook 2011 viaAppleScript, you'll need to make a small change to your script(s) after applying Service Pack 1.

Among the better publicised changes in Office 2011 Service Pack 1 which was released overnight with Microsoft's other security updates, there's at least one small alteration to Outlook's scripting behaviour.

The 'content' property of an outgoing message is now the HTML content, not the plain text content, so you'll need to change references to 'content' to 'plain text content'.

Eg, instead of:

make new outgoing message with properties {subject:"Subject text", content:"Content text"}

you need:

make new outgoing message with properties {subject:"Subject text", plain text content:"Content text"}

As I said, it's a small change, but an important one if part of your workflow relies on that feature.


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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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