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MailerMailer – Ultimate Field Guide to Common Bugs in HTML Email


MailerMailer – Ultimate Field Guide to Common Bugs in HTML Email


Ultimate Field Guide to Common Bugs in HTML Email

By: MailerMailer

While testing HTML emails, I’ve come across a variety of bugs, quirks, and behaviors. Most of these can be fixed by adjusting your markup and styles— the main obstacle is figuring out what’s going on.

If you’re really stumped, you might even decide to google a description of the problem, rephrasing it several times, sifting through dozens of outdated, dead-end pages until you stumble on one that offers some insight. Repeat for each bug, and you’ve got your work cut out for you.

What if you could find everything in one place?

For this blog post, I’ve put together an up-to-date list that will help you identify and correct the most common bugs in HTML email. For an up-to-date list of css selector support in email, check out Campaign Monitor’s Guide to CSS Support in Email. Hopefully, this post will save you some time so you can get back to designing rad emails.

Let me know if you found this helpful, or if you have suggestions for more bugs to include here.

Your table padding is not showing up.

Habitat: Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013

Discussion: Within most versions of Outlook, table padding is not supported. To mimic table padding, apply padding to a wrapping table cell.

<td style="padding:15px"> <!-- Table goes in here --> </td> 

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