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tactics Interactive Animation in HTML Email

Last month, Panic announced Playdate, an adorable handeld gaming system with a black and white screen. And a crank. Yup. I’ve been a pretty big fan of Panic for a long time now, from Coda to Steven [...] [more]
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tactics Email Coding Guidelines

I wrote a full document and it’s available on GitHub for anyone to share, contribute and adapt to your own needs. This is heavily inspired by some popular web coding guidelines, like @mdo’s Code Guide and Stack Overflow’s Email Design Best Practices. The goal of this document is to establish principles that anyone can apply to code modern, well supported and accessible HTML emails. This is the result of some of my work from the past few years where I gave email coding trainings and I spent a lot of [...] [more]
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 tactics How Gmail came to stop supporting CSS animations

Did you know that not so long ago, Gmail supported CSS animations? Well, sort of. Up until June 2016, the desktop webmail of Gmail supported CSS @keyframes declarations. So you could declare the [...] [more]
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tactics Email accessibility in action

Accessibility in emails is getting more and more press in the past few years, which is a good thing. But I still stumble on a lot of poorly accessible emails. While giving email coding training and [...] [more]
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discussion The Great Mess of Alternative Text

This week, I once again had the pleasure to speak at Litmus Live in London. I gave a short talk about an Email Camera. But I also gave a longer talk called “The Great Mess of Alternative Text”. It’s a mix of some of my previous articles like How webmails block images, but with a lot of new content and research. While I’m still working on a full text transcript, here are my slides and list of ressources and links mentioned during my talk or used to prepare my talk. [...] [more]
hteumeuleu.com    Design, Event

tactics Email Camera - take a picture in an email

This was presented on Tuesday 29 August at Litmus Live London as part of the #EmailHacks session hosted by Kevin Mandeville. You can find my slides here and view the email camera demo here. Here’s a transcript of my lightning talk. I really like video games. I am a big fan of Nintendo and especially of the Game Boy. I love the Game Boy. It was my first console when I was a child. And now I love to collect them. [...] [more]
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tactics Fake background in email

My first idea was to use a background image for the stripes. But background image support in emails is not that great. Outlook.com only supports the HTML background attribute, which means the image will be repeated horizontally and vertically. The Gmail Android app with a Non Gmail Account (aka GANGA) doesn’t support the CSS background property at all. And in France, webmails of La Poste and Free don’t support background images either. [...] [more]
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tactics Outlook.com’s latest bug and how to fix gaps under images

Last month, Microsoft introduced a new feature in Outlook.com and Office 365 that caused a lot of headaches to email developers. This has been discussed widely by the community, may it be on Slack or on Litmus forums. But it has been obsessing me over the past two weeks. Here’s everything you need to know about this bug and my quest to find a fix. [...] [more]
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discussion Should we stop inlining styles in emails?

Until last year, Gmail was one of the biggest email clients that only supported inline styles. The webmails of Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com and, yes, even the desktop versions of Outlook using Word’s rendering engine (from 2007 to 2016 on Windows) have all long supported style tags. The 2016 Gmail update was a total game changer and finally added support for style tags as well as for class and id attributes. So is 2017 finally the year to stop inlining styles? [...] [more]
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 tactics Troubleshooting Gmail’s responsive design support

Gmail had its biggest update ever last year, adding responsive design and media queries support. But there seems to be a lot of recurring questions from email developers having trouble to make responsive emails work in Gmail. Here are seven things to keep in mind to tame Gmail’s responsive support. [...] [more]
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 tactics Which doctype should you use in HTML emails?

The doctype is the very first line of any HTML document. But do you know which one to use in an email and why ? Here’s my attempt to explain everything you need to know about doctypes in HTML emails. [...] [more]
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discussion What you need to know about Apple Mail in iOS 10

Apple just released iOS 10, and with it, a new version of Apple Mail. I have been playing with iOS 10 since the very first beta back in June. And here are some of the things I think are noteworthy about this new update for email developers and email designers. [...] [more]
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tactics Trying to make sense of Gmail CSS support

Google has no official CSS support cheatsheet. And Campaign Monitor’s guide hasn’t been updated since 2014. The only thing that gets close to that is the “Supported CSS” section of Google’s support page to create Gmail ads with custom HTML. With the exception of the background sub properties (like background-image, background-color, …), it summarizes pretty well all the CSS properties supported by Gmail. [...] [more]
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