Microsoft’s Slow March To Email Redemption

You might have tuned in to Litmus' "industry changing" announcement at the Litmus Conference that they will begin collecting feedback and bug reports on Microsoft's behalf for the various Outlook email clients. It is so good to hear that Microsoft is taking steps to embrace email designers in their email client development and I applaud Litmus for taking the initiative to establish the formal channel with the Outlook team. Last year...

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CSS Fixed Positioning in Email

Its one of the least understood CSS styles in email and also one of the most quirky - especially when it comes to iOS. The iOS Mail toolbars will obscure fixed positioning elements set to the very edge and z-indexes don't work reliably. However with patience you can do some cool things with fixed positioning...

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Thunderbird’s Quirky Support For Checkboxes

Thunderbird supports checkboxes so it supports interactive email right? Well not so fast. The client behaves strangely when it comes to form elements. This article goes over what you need to know about form element support as well as ways to target your CSS just for Thunderbird...

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No Absolute Positioning in the Samsung Email Client

Ever since Google discontinued the native Android client, many users on Galaxy phones have turned to Samsung’s email client. This webkit based client – denoted with a red @ seal – comes with some quirks – the lack of absolute positioning a key one. Thankfully there’s a way to target just the Samsung email client [...]

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Responsive Rollover Images for Email

A while back I wrote an article that demonstrated a method to create rollover images in email using background images. However the old method requires the width of the image to be fixed because the background-size property is not uniformly supported by all email clients.

This article goes into how to create responsive rollover images.

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The Outlook Rosetta Stone

Jason Rodriguez and Ed Giardina dug up from the annals of the internets the Microsoft Office HTML and XML Reference. It contains a comprehensive list of the infamous Outlook (and Office) mso- properties and their uses. This document might one day be seen as an artifact of email's dark history but right now, its a reminder of why Outlook is a pain in every email designer's... workflow.

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The Ultimate Email CSS Animation Guide

Alex Ilhan dishes the dirt on CSS animations in email. Lots of juicy techniques to experiment with.

Part 1: Overview, the pros & cons and examples

Part 2: How to code animations

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Gmail Reverts Interactive Email Disabling Change

Well that was quick! A day after Gmail made changes to their CSS filters blocking interactive CSS elements, they've seemingly rolled it back.

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Gmail No Longer Supports Interactive Email :(

As of today Gmail strips all attribute selectors and the :hover and :checked pseudo-class and that means no more interactivity in the Gmail inbox.

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Yahoo! Mail adds overflow:auto to elements with max-width and max-height

Last week, the email geek-verse blew up when certain emails especially hybrid coded emails started breaking in Yahoo! Mail. Although Yahoo! Mail and Gmail has always converted height to min-height, Yahoo! Mail went the extra mile and began converting width to min-width as well. This is a problem because hybrid emails frequently limit width with [...]

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