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Email Design Podcast #89: Litmus Community Q&A Rapid Fire

In the 89th episode of The Email Design Podcast, Kevin Mandeville answers recent questions from the Litmus Community in a rapid fire format, including topics on Samsung blue links, a recent change to Outlook.com max-width images, and more. Be sure to follow along and join in the discussion on Twitter using #EmailDesignPodcast.

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In this episode:

  • (0:46) Dates and addresses turn blue in Samsung: By targeting Samsung Mail we can easily override this behavior with simple CSS resets—just like we can in Gmail.
  • (2:50) Outlook.com beta max-width overwritten: The Outlook.com beta now sets a max-width of none with an !important declaration on images inside of tables in the CSS. The only current workaround is to set the max-width inline with an !important declaration. (Thank you Rémi Parmentier for the fix)
  • (7:45) Featured Jobs: Email Developer at Holiday Extras Ltd | Freelance Email Developer at Harry’s | Email Marketing Manager at Traeger Grills | Email Marketing Specialist at RevZilla
  • (9:18) Should you use only <td> or <p>?: We recommend using table cells (<td>) for structural layout purposes and using semantic headings and paragraphs within those to create semantic, accessible emails.
  • (13:09) Am I targeting Yahoo! Mail correctly?: The proper targeting technique for Yahoo! Mail is @media screen yahoo { /*Insert CSS here*/ }. However, a space between the !important declaration and CSS value causes issues in this client. In Yahoo! Mail, you can’t have display: none !important, for example. It has to be display:none!important—with no space between the values—for Yahoo! Mail to render the !important declaration.
  • (14:36) Anything with an @symbol is getting turned into a link in Outlook: We recommend breaking up such link behavior by “breaking up” the copy using the zero-width non-joiner ‌inside the text i.e. 1-800-555-‌EMAIL. Email clients won’t recognize this as a usable value and won’t autolink.

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Kevin Mandeville

Kevin Mandeville

Kevin Mandeville was a Product Manager at Litmus