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The mess that is email standard

One month after a job as Graphic Artist show me that entire email standard (css support in particular) is a complete mess thanks for Microsoft Office 2003/2007. For web client, GMail is the worst while Yahoo does far better job and both Hotmail/Live fares well. Come on! While we struggle to get decent W3C standard to browser, it looks like email is neglected. There is the table for css support and using table for layout design is so 1998.

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Kevin Kofler said…
Why are you trying to use CSS in e-mail in the first place? E-mail is supposed to be plain text, not HTML! Support for HTML mail is crap because HTML is not designed for e-mails.
That is denying the reality that HTML is used for email newsletters layout in enterprises such as video industries.
I work for a company specialized to professional camcorders that requires that use.
eadmund said…
I'm with Mr. Kofler: email is not supposed to be anything other than plain text and attachments. For other stuff, the best thing is to include a link.
That was true two decades ago but today email is more than plain text mostly used as newsletters like it or not. That is a reality that cannot be avoided especially where clients are Apple, HP, Red Cross to name a few.
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