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Radical Rob
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Lost Angeles Kalifornia, via Hawaii....
Insane since: Jun 2001

IP logged posted posted 10-20-2009 03:37 Edit Quote

Ok here's my situation...

I have a friend that asked me to design a enewsletter for her small company. she has another friend whos an "emarketing guru" thats also advising her.
I designed the enewsletter with inline styles and her "guru" said it would be better to use regular html and not CSS. This makes absolutely no sense to me.
It's already done, I'm just wondering if this sounds right to any of you?

I have no problem going back a few years and doing it that way if its "best practice". I think her concern is cross browser compatibility.

Any thoughts on this??

reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

IP logged posted posted 10-20-2009 07:59 Edit Quote

If it works it works:
http://www.campaignmonitor.com/css/
http://www.webappers.com/2008/06/14/a-guide-to-css-support-in-email/

Blaise
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: London
Insane since: Jun 2003

IP logged posted posted 10-20-2009 10:49 Edit Quote

Yeah it's a crying shame but for compatibility reasons HTML emails need to use inline styles (so they don't interfere with web-clients such as GMail or Hotmail) and for really stupid reasons Outlook and its Express version don't use the same rendering engine as IE does! So you basically need to use old fashioned table based layouts.

As far as I'm concerned building HTML emails is the worst job in the world for a Wed Developer.

Radical Rob
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Lost Angeles Kalifornia, via Hawaii....
Insane since: Jun 2001

IP logged posted posted 10-20-2009 16:43 Edit Quote

I'm so excited that I get to de-volve all this CSS stuff that I've learned over the years. I will peruse through those article Reisio. Thanks.
I tried to search for best practices for designing enewsletters but found mostly templates and junk...

Radical Rob
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Lost Angeles Kalifornia, via Hawaii....
Insane since: Jun 2001

IP logged posted posted 10-20-2009 21:01 Edit Quote

Ok, tables officially suck. Does anyone remember how to put together a table based site? I've tried 3 times and each one seems so limited now that I know CSS.

Here is the code stripped out of my mail chimp beta.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Arthritis Foundation : eHEADLINES </title>
<link href="favicon.ico" rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" />
</head>
<style>
/* >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MAIN LAYOUT STYLES <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< */

* {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
}

body {
background-color:#FFFFFF;
font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
background-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/_bg.jpg);
background-repeat: repeat-x;
text-align: center;
font-size: 8px;
line-height: 17px;
}

h1 {
font-size: 14px;
font-weight: bold;
padding-bottom: 5px;
}

h2 {
font-size: 12px;
font-weight: bold;
padding-bottom: 5px;
}

h3 {
}

h4 {
font-size: 1.6em;
color: #37658F;
}


p {
font-size: 1.4em;
margin-bottom: 2em;
}

body {

}

#wrapper {
width: 580px;
text-align: left;
background-color: #fff;
background-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/body_bg.jpg);
background-repeat: repeat-y;
margin-top: 0;
margin-right: auto;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: auto;
background-position: left top;
}

#legaltop {
padding-top: 10px;
font-size: 8px;
text-align: center;
}

#legalfooter {
font-size: 9px;
text-align: center;
padding-top: 20px;
}

#header {
background-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/header.jpg);
height: 148px;
width: 580px;
}

#header h1 {
float:left;
padding-left: 40px;
padding-top: 121px;
font-size: 15px;
font-weight: bold;
color: #0062A1;
}

#header h2 {
float:right;
padding-top: 120px;
font-size: 11px;
padding-right: 25px;
color: #0062A1;
}
#content {
background-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/bodybg.jpg);
background-repeat: repeat-y;
width: 580px;
height: 1400px;
}

#leftcolumn {
float: left;
width: 320px;
padding-left: 30px;
}

#leftcolumn h1 {
background-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/h1bg.jpg);
height: 30px;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-position: left center;
margin-left: -15px;
padding-left: 20px;
color: #FFFFFF;
padding-top: 15px;
}


#rightcolumn {
float: right;
width: 195px;
padding-right: 20px;
}

#footer {
background-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/footer.jpg);
background-repeat: no-repeat;
height: 48px;
width: 580px;
}

.clear {
clear:both;
}

ul {
font-size: 12px;
padding-left: 5px;
padding-bottom: 10px;
list-style-type: none;
list-style-position: inside;
list-style-image: url(http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/af_icon.gif);
}

li {
padding-bottom: 5px;
}
a {
color: #0062A1;
text-decoration: none;
}

a: hover {
text-decoration: underline;
}

.leftimg {
float:left;
padding: 10px;
}

.rightimg {
float:right;
padding: 10px;
}
.centerimg {
display: block;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto
margin-right: auto;
padding: 5px;
margin-right: auto;
padding-bottom: 15px;
}

hr {
border-top-width: 1px;
border-right-width: 1px;
border-bottom-width: 1px;
border-left-width: 1px;
border-top-color: #0062A1;
border-right-color: #0062A1;
border-bottom-color: #0062A1;
border-left-color: #0062A1;
}

</style>

<body>

<div id="wrapper">

<div id="legaltop">
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</div><!-- End Legal Top -->
<div id="header">
<h1>VOLUME 1 - Issue #1</h1>
<h2>Monday, September 30th, 2009</h2>
</div>

<div id="content">

<img src="http://www.wayoutwestenterprises.com/clients/eheadlines/feature.jpg" alt="main feature" width="540" height="175" class="centerimg" />
<div id="leftcolumn">

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<div id="rightcolumn">
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</div><!-- End Content -->

<div class="clear"></div>
<div id="footer"></div>

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</td>
</tr></table></center></body>
</html>

Grrr..... frustrating.

reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

IP logged posted posted 10-20-2009 21:02 Edit Quote
quote:
Blaise said:

As far as I'm concerned building HTML emails is the worst job in the world for a Wed Developer.

As far as I'm concerned getting HTML in what is supposed to be a plain text only medium is the worst event in the world for an email user.



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