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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Getting some Gmail attention

Does coding HTML emails for Gmail drive you mad? Ever found yourself tempted to shout at your computer in depair? Us too! The Email Standards Project wants to let Google know that Gmail can be very frustrating. Following on from Google's own collaborative videos, we're going to make one of our own. Read more »

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hotmail Converts HTML to ASCII

Some recent tests have lead to a discovery about how Windows Live Hotmail (Hotmail) processes and delivers HTML in emails. We explored the how and why, and present our findings herein. Read more »

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Lotus Notes 8 Update — IBM responds

Our initial results with Lotus Notes 8 were not great - problems like a lack of support for background-color caused serious readability problems. We've been in contact with an IBM representative, and we have a clarification and some encouraging signs to mention. Read more »

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Email Standards Project on the BoagWorld podcast

From Paul Boag and Headscape in the UK comes the weekly web design podcast, Boagworld. This week Mat Patterson was on the show to talk about the Email Standards Project. Read more »

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yahoo! Responds!

I find it truly amazing how responsive the folks at Yahoo! have been to many of the articles/posts I have written. They are actively involved in community discussions and receptive to notes about how things can be improved. This time, they respond to our call for standards-based email clients. Read more »

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Is it time for a Gmail intervention?

Gmail is the web application poster-child, the email client that proved webmail did not have to suck. Web designers love it, but when it comes to HTML email, Gmail is decidedly behind the pack. Read more »

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Would you wear this shirt?

Email Standards Project supporter and talented designer Doug Neiner has answered the call for some Email Standards Project bling with a great t-shirt design. Read more »

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Yes, you should get plain text too!

Apparently we have not made this clear enough yet, so I wanted to say it explicitly:

Everybody should get the choice to receive HTML or plain text

If you personally prefer text-only email, you should always be able to set your email client to show plain text, and all your newsletters should a have plain text alternative for you to read. We totally agree! The Email Standards Project is trying to improve the rendering of the HTML portion of the email, not to get rid of the text portion, so there is no need to worry.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Email Standards Project — answers to common questions

Since the Email Standards Project launched last week, we've had a ton of great, supportive feedback, a fair amount of healthy scepticism and some toasting warm flaming. With a topic like HTML in email, it was inevitable that there would be some controversy surrounding it. Read more »

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Monday, December 03, 2007

An interview about the Email Standards Project

The fantastic email industry resource Email Marketing Reports has posted their interview with Dave Greiner, Freshview founder and a founding member of the Email Standards Project. David goes into a little more detail about the background to the project, and gives a little hint to what's been happening since launch day. Check out the interview, and also a ton of other great resources for understanding how businesses use email.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

A flying start

One day in and the Email Standards Project has taken off with a bang. Thanks to the fantastic work of a great many designers, we've attracted a lot of attention across the web already. I wanted to take a moment to say thanks, and point out just a few of the great posts we have seen. Read more »

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Email Standards Project: Bring the Bling

Now that we've officially launched the Email Standards Project, we want to spread the word as far as we can, so the right people hear about it. Every person who believes that email standards are important needs a way to show it on their site or brochure or forehead. Read more »

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Hotmail serving different content for different browsers

While putting our acid test through the paces it became apparent that Windows Live Hotmail was exhibiting odd behavior in two different browsers. We tested our webmail clients in a couple different browsers not knowing the browsers themselves would have an impact on rendering. As it turns out, it unfortunately does. Read more »

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stand up for web standards in HTML email

Today we are officially launching the Email Standards Project, a web design community driven effort to improve the level of support for web standards in HTML emails. If you are a web designer who is sick of struggling to get your hand crafted email to render reasonably well in the big email clients, this is for you. If you are a developer or manager developing an email client, this is most definitely for you too. Read more »

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