[thelist] Email Newsletters and Stylesheets

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Sat Dec 5 10:24:09 CST 2009

Meaning that email readers, various webmail flavors, may not reliably 
read an external stylesheet?

Just to make sure we are on the same page, by inline styles we are talking:

    <div style="font-size: 2em; color: #191970;">Big Happy Text</div>

within the document body as opposed placing all the styles into a hidden 
head and

    <style type="text/css">
       .big_happy_text { font-size: 2em; }

I much prefer the latter as the program I am using does not work well 
(template or not) with inline styles.

Thunderbird, of course, seems to handle all options reasonably well.  Do 
you generally include a clause, URL, to view the newsletter with your 
browser if it is not displaying well?  Or should that never happen?

Dan McCullough wrote:
> Inline styles as well, and very basic as you have to aim for the 
> lowest common denominator (within reason).
> On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 10:48 AM, Hassan Schroeder 
> <hassan.schroeder at gmail.com <mailto:hassan.schroeder at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 7:40 AM, Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz
>     <mailto:bobm at dottedi.biz>> wrote:
>     > I'm working with a newsletter program.  In general what is the
>     preferred
>     > method of implementing styles, stylesheets, preferably other
>     than embeding
>     > style <div style="font-size: 2em; color: #191970;"> with an element?
>     Sorry, but I use inline styles in my clients' newsletters; variance
>     between email readers' capabilities is just too wide.
>     Effort-wise, it's not a big deal if you're using a template.
>     FWIW,
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