[thelist] HTML Email question

fstorr fffrancis at fstorr.demon.co.uk
Fri Mar 3 17:43:23 CST 2006

On 3 Mar, 2006, at 16:16, Donald Pasewark wrote:
> Hi All,
> When all is said and done, I'm not really clear on how HTML Email and
> HTML are different. I was wondering if anyone can point me in the
> right direction on a good tutorial or reference on how to create HTML
> Email and what formatting limitations there may be.

I read up on this about a month ago as I had to design HTML emails  
for the first time.  Basically, to "bullet-proof" it, apply all your  
styles inline - you can't rely on adding CSS into the head of a  
document as, when viewed in some webmail clients, you'll find that  
their CSS rules (especially governing things like body background  
colour and text formatting) will overwrite yours.   You do end up  
with horrible tag-soup code, but it does result in a consistent look  
in everything I tried (Outlook, Mail on the Mac, Gmail, Hotmail).

The Alistapart article is good - make sure you go through the  
discussion as well as there's some more good stuff in there.



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