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#369963 - 07/12/2017 22:04 Outlook, Exchange, and numbered lists
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Registered: 08/11/2017
Posts: 39
Scenario: I compose an e-mail on Outlook for Mac, and Outlook helpfully assists with keeping a numbered list going after I started typing 1. <stuff> <return> 2. <stuff>

I then click send. The e-mail runs through the Exchange server and comes back to my inbox, due to being part of a distribution group that I wrote the message to. However, the ordered list that spanned 1-19 comes back with two 10s, no 12 (I believe this is a crime under Seattle Seahawks fan laws), two 15s and no 16.

I open Outlook for Windows, and look at the same message in the inbox. It has the proper 1-19 sequence with no gaps and no duplicates. I then question my sanity, and check in Mail.App in macOS too. Same gaps and dupes as Outlook for Mac.

A person replies to the thread from Outlook from Windows. When I view it in Outlook for Mac or Mail.App my list in the quoted reply shows properly 1-19. Loss of sanity official now.

What is going on here beyond the typical old Microsoft corporate shenanigans that bleed out into their products?

#369969 - 07/12/2017 22:58 Re: Outlook, Exchange, and numbered lists [Re: Faolan]
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Registered: 17/12/2000
Posts: 2656
Loc: Manteca, California
I suspect the outlook client's hidden formatting can get twisted from time to time. Depends on the number of edits, cuts and pastes.

#369974 - 08/12/2017 01:19 Re: Outlook, Exchange, and numbered lists [Re: Faolan]
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Registered: 19/01/2002
Posts: 3441
Loc: Guadalajara, MX
Originally Posted By: Faolan
Scenario: I compose an e-mail on Outlook for Mac

I think I've pinpointed your problem. smile
~ John

#369978 - 08/12/2017 02:03 Re: Outlook, Exchange, and numbered lists [Re: Faolan]
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Registered: 30/04/2000
Posts: 3694
When in doubt, go have a look at the raw message, which will (hopefully) be in a tolerable mangle of HTML and see if it's properly structured as HTML. There may also be a plaintext alternative version in there worth peeking at as well.