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    newsletter question

    Is it better to use tables when doing a email (html) news letter or css?...This will be sent to a variety of email hosts, AOL, hotmail, yahoo,...... I want to ensure maximum readability upon receipt. Anyone have any experience with this? Or ideas?

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    if you mean to construct an email, then i'd say HTML. Most people use email software (Outlook, Thunderbird etc), and most people dont regularly update these programs.

    However, if you think it will be mainly online email checkers (ie. hotmail, yahoo etc) then i'd say CSS.

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    well I worded that kinda wrong....the newsletter will be html, but the question is , is it better to go tables or xhtml/css. should I worry about writing valid mark-up or do email clients render regular tables better?

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    I'd just stick to tables, sadly. Email is finicky enough as it is, it's just too much work to worry about semantics. You'll be fine with tables.

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    Yea, tables for email. I've actually been able to do more simple stuff in Outlook, you can sorta just drag and drop items into it like a WYSIWYG editor, and it'll sorta autoformat for email.
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    sim give me more info about that. You did this within outlook?

    shane-c....Your site is a lot like a transvestite in that respect.
    fester8542.I'd hit it like the fist of an angry God .
    JoshuaJonah.I design for DDD. Then clients usually like it, and the ladies find me more attractive.
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    If you want to ensure maximum readability make sure you have a plain text fallback, lots of people only allow plain text through, lots of companies I've worked for bounce html email or completly block them.

    Use tables, email clients are picky and that is the easiest way to ensure consistency.

    If this is a serious email campaign you may want to look at software to manage this, http://www.campaignmonitor.com/ is excellent, a couple of companies I worked for use that.

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    tables.....

    some earlier versions of email packages (such as early versions of Outlook and Louts Notes) can't cope with CSS (such as float and borders) so unfortunately i'd go with tables

    also on a side note, total agreement with ramie...campaignmonitor rocks
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