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#1 2024-05-07 12:54:39

jakob
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Checking email formatting on various email clients?

Does anyone know of a free (or cheap) way to check the display of an email signature in various email clients?

I have a simple email signature written in old-style HTML – inline styles, table layout, etc. 🙄 – that works in most email programs I have tried but collapses padding / line-height etc. in some, such as older Outlook versions. I want to quickly test it without forking out for a subscription just to test one thing. All tips welcome!


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#2 2024-05-09 03:37:11

kuopassa
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Re: Checking email formatting on various email clients?

How about a group effort? Send me an email and I’ll test it in Roundcube and Thunderbird. :-)

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#3 2024-05-09 10:16:10

uli
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Re: Checking email formatting on various email clients?

kuopassa wrote #337147:

How about a group effort?

Nice idea!

If it’s of any use to you, jakob, I could help with views from FairEmail and Aquamail (Android) as well as an older Apple Mail.


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#4 2024-05-09 12:41:53

Vienuolis
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Re: Checking email formatting on various email clients?

In addition to Fairemail on Android and Thunderbird on NomadBSD, I can also check email by POP Peeper, Pegasus Mail, Vivaldi Mail, and Outlook on Windows, as well as Horde webmail on Nextcloud, and by Outlook.com.

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#5 2024-05-09 14:32:18

gaekwad
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Re: Checking email formatting on various email clients?

www.caniemail.com might be worth a look.

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#6 2024-05-09 20:48:09

jakob
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Re: Checking email formatting on various email clients?

Thanks all. Maybe I’ll get back to you on the crowd-testing but it quickly gets boring for everyone when trial-and-error iterating.

However, I had forgotten about caniemail.com and that gives me three very obvious answers about the main culprits:

padding, line-height and min-width have overwhelmingly bad support in outlook on windows, which was where I noticed it to begin with. Support elsewhere seems to be relatively good.

I’d never heard of mso-line-height-rule: exactly; and mso-padding-alt until now, but they’re explained a bit here (FYI: medium link). I’ll try them out, but if they don’t help, I’ll probably need to add table cells to achieve top and bottom padding or to make labels and their values align (i.e. to replace min-width).


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