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


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

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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Email Campaigns on Windows Phone (Part 3: Exchange ActiveSync)


This is the final part of the email campaigns on Windows Phone series and this time I look at how Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) mailboxes behave within Outlook Mobile on Windows Phone. The EAS protocol is what powers Exchange/Office 365 mailboxes on many mobile devices including Windows Phone and is something that is common in the enterprise world. The experience from an email campaign point of view and to the end user however, is rather frustrating. Find out the key differences and why things don’t quite work the same as POP3/IMAP below.

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Email Campaigns on Windows Phone (Part 2: POP3/IMAP)


This is the second part of the email campaigns on Windows Phone series where I look into how email accounts that are configured with POP3/IMAP behave within Outlook Mobile. IMAP is a very common protocol for email these days which mail accounts like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and others all use so potentially you’ll likely encounter a user base in your marketing list(s) using Windows Phone with these mail accounts. Find out more to see how email campaigns behave on Windows Phone with POP3/IMAP.

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