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Howdy! I'm James, a website developer who loves all things web. When I'm not in web developer mode I enjoy writing on my blog and gaming. When I'm not doing that I'm probably on Netflix going on the latest TV series binge.

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Revisiting the email rendering quirks of Office 365/OWA

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Recently Microsoft have made an update to its webmail offering Office 365 in terms of how it renders emails. As reported by Nicholas Carter on the Litmus Community many of the previously known Office 365 quirks are no longer happening. Has Microsoft listened to the community on this one and changed its ways? Find out more in my analysis of what’s different under the hood of the Outlook Web App since the changes.

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Bulletproofing images in email design

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You might of heard of bulletproof guides for background images and buttons in email design, but what about the basics of using images? Due to varying level of HTML/CSS support in email clients, embedding images in email templates isn’t as easy as you’d think. I’ve decided to compile all of the information and potential problems with images in email design and how to maintain compatibility with various email clients.

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Windows 8 mail app and the background-size CSS property

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Recently I discovered the Windows 8 mail app (Touch/Metro) not playing nice with the background-size CSS property. This property is often used when you need scale down an image on the fly, one reason for doing this is for optimising image assets for high resolution devices. The Windows 8 mail app supports CSS3 and hence this can be done. However background-size doesn’t actually work in some cases and its all dependant on the way you write background CSS properties. Find out more on how to avoid this quirk below!

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Floated tables vs table cells, what’s the best approach?

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When building an email template you will come across two common layout methods, floated tables or using table cells to create columns. Both of these methods are fundamental layout techniques and form the foundation of any email campaign. Both techniques have different strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately what is the best technique to use? Find out in my comparison between the two.

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Turning floated tables into columns in Outlook

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Solving HiDPI scaling problems in HTML email on Outlook 
Improve HTML email for HiDPI users

One of the many layout techniques for email is floating tables. This technique basically provides similar behaviour to the float CSS property but is supported pretty much everywhere. Problem is that pesky email client Outlook will attempt to ruin your party with its poor CSS box model. Sadly Outlook and table widths just don’t add up, which introduces problems like content appearing below its designed place as well alignment issues. Thankfully however, thanks to Mike Ragan from Action Rocket, there’s a cool new way to workaround this issue.

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