[thelist] Email Newsletters and Stylesheets

Kirk Roberts Design business at kirkrobertsdesign.com
Sun Dec 6 14:34:36 CST 2009

Sure you can still use paragraph tags.
I just ran into issues with some readers when I was specifying  
vertical padding/margins.
The problem being the padding/margin specifications were simply ignored.
The culprits are older Lotus Notes and (some flavors of) Outlook 2007.
See this matrix for details: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/css/

By the same idea, you can code your emails using xhtml if you want,  
but certain readers might not like it.
Why not cater to the lowest common denominator and be safe?

Here's a nice overview of best practices: http://www.mailchimp.com/articles/how_to_code_html_emails/



Kirk Roberts Design
(423) 753-8121

On Dec 6, 2009, at 10:58 AM, Hassan Schroeder wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 7:43 AM, Kirk Roberts Design
> <business at kirkrobertsdesign.com> wrote:
>> <br> is still just a line break. So you might separate what used to  
>> be
>> paragraphs with <br><br>.
> ? There's no reason you can't still use paragraph tags. For that
> matter, I've had no problems with specifying margins/padding on
> block elements in emails.
>> <br/> is xhtml (you have to close every tag), but that isn't  
>> relevant to
>> email coding which is plain old html.
> You can use HTML or XHTML in email, as you prefer.
>> I don't think validation requires use of a <p> tag. Also not sure if
>> validation is so important in this context.
> No, P tags not required. OTOH, I'd say try to make your email as
> valid as possible in the interest of predictable behavior, just as  
> with
> a web page.
> Oh, and one thing no one's mentioned: send multipart/alternative
> mail with a nicely-formatted plain text version.
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