EW Resource

Outlook and HTML Emails

If you use Outlook 2007 onwards you may have noticed that HTML emails don't always display as you've seen them in other email clients or as you'd expected them to display.

The reason for this is that the rendering engine in Outlook 2007 onwards is the one from Word which a) isn't fully standards compliant and b) is limited in it's CSS and HTML support. Quite why Microsoft chose this route is a mystery, given their definite move towards standards with Expression Web.

 

Email Standards Project

If you are particularly interested in HTML emails see the Email Standards Project which is campaigning to resolve the differences the exist between email clients in their HTML support. It's like going back five years with browser standards!

 

Additional Resources

The following articles on SitePoint are worth reading.

http://www.sitepoint.com/article/code-html-email-newsletters

http://www.sitepoint.com/article/principles-beautiful-html-email