Changing the Stacking Order of Elements Without z-index

I recently learned that its possible to change the stacking order of elements without using z-index. This can be done by using other CSS properties to create what is called a new "stacking context"...

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Swipe to Reveal Technique

Check out this swipe to reveal technique created by Daniel Sivan from Wired Messenger. This technique overlays a foreground image over a background and uses padding to "push" the image to the right of a container leaving a "handle" that the user can use to drag the content into view.

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First Aid Fix For iOS 11 Rendering Issues

With the advent of iOS 11, designers are reporting wierd quirks with their design when opened in a device running the latest operating system, particularly when it comes to zooming or right vertical gaps in the email. One of the first things you should try if this happens is to add this tag to the head of your email...

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Apple Mail Sometimes Hides the Last Image in an Email

When you have an email with an image at the very bottom of an email, sometimes that image is not displayed in Apple Mail. This is a very strange bug that is unlikely to manifest in real campaigns because most emails contain footer text at the bottom. However this can be very frustrating and confusing when experimenting with different email designs and techniques...

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Radio Input Bug Causes Media Queries to Activate in Internet Explorer

When creating interactive email be careful if your design contains checked radio elements as it can cause some quirks when viewed in some Webmail clients like Yahoo! Mail and AOL Mail.

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Filmstrip Technique: Interactive Email in The Android Gmail App

Three of the biggest gripes about interactive email I hear (other than its a fad), is that interactive email is too complicated, its not supported in Gmail and that it won’t work in MailChimp. Here’s a technique that addresses all three!...

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Microsoft Interactive Email That Does Not Work on Microsoft Email Clients

I came across this interactive email featuring Microsoft Surface computers. The email uses an interactive accordion to display a list of Surface devices that expand and collapse when the recipient taps or clicks on an arrow within the accordion. I thought that this email was very well executed – it was simple and the interactivity [...]

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Targeting The New Responsive Gmail With CSS [Updated]

With the new Gmail update it is now harder to use CSS to distinguish Gmail that doesn't support advanced CSS3 like interactivity and animations from clients like the iPhone email client that does.

Thankfully, uber email developer Mark Robbins from Rebel came up with a solution that allows you to apply a set of CSS that is only active within Gmail and Inbox.

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Email on Acid’s Choose Your Adventure Interactive Email

I built an interactive email for Email on Acid’s 4th of July campaign with a “Choose Your Adventure” format. The email featured a scenario that is so familiar to those of us who build email campaigns, where a bug is discovered right before an email is about to go out and you’re faced with choices [...]

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“Fake” Background Image Technique for Gmail App for Non Google Accounts (GANGA)

Rémi Parmentier wrote about an experimental technique that allows background images to work in the Gmail Android App for Non Google Accounts (GANGA). You see when Gmail announced support for embedded styles and media queries in the Gmail App, they neglected to mention that the support was only for Google accounts like Gmail or GSuite [...]

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