HTML E-Mail Programme: Welchen Client benutzen die Anwender?

SitePoint hat im Blog einen leidlich interessanten Artikel zur Aufteilung der E-Mail-Programme auf Anwenderseite veröffentlicht.

»There are lots of reasons for hating HTML Email, but perhaps no#1 on most people’s hit list is having to produce HTML Email to deliver to potentially hundreds of different mail clients and configurations.

Now, clearly it’s completely impractical to test your work on hundreds of mail rigs, but the question is, where do you draw the line? Generic browser usage statistics are reasonably common, but mail clients stats?«

Zur Verwendung haben sie auch eine Tortengrafik eingebunden, allerdings irgendwie unvollständig bezeichnet.

In der Zusammenfassung allerdings schon interessant: Mit zwei Webmailern, nämlich Yahoo! und Hotmail, und dem Desktop-Client MS Outlook, verteilen sich auf nur drei E-Mail-Anwendungen mehr als 81% der Anwender. Andere (allen voran Apple Mail und Gmail mit je 4%) sind eher unter »ferner liefen« zu verbuchen.

(Via SitePoint Blogs.)

Conditional Comments for HTML Email

Conditional Comments for HTML Email: „

Take a look at this:

<!--[if gte mso 9]>


Chances are the general syntax will be instantly familiar — it’s a conditional comment, useful for feeding specific content only to Windows versions of Internet Explorer. But did you know they work for Office applications too?

Neither did I … until recently.

We’ve just overhauled the HTML templates for our email newsletters … a painful process to be sure — if you think that web browsers are harsh task-masters, you should try coding to suit email clients! A recent article, How to Code HTML Email Newsletters, spells out just how convoluted it can be, and how arcane are the techniques you have to resort to, to produce a decent layout in the most popular email clients. And the issue has been further complicated by the fact that one of the most popular Windows clients — Outlook — no longer uses Internet Explorer for HTML rendering, it uses Word!

And it was while perusing the franken-code that passes for ‘Save as Web Page’ output from a Word document, that I first saw these little nuggets — exactly what we needed to hide bits of content from Outlook that were just too mangled to leave.

So there you go. If you’re publishing HTML email and struggling with Outlook’s rendering, here’s an extra little tool for the kit. The syntax even implies that it can be used for granular targetting of Office versions all the way back; but I haven’t tested this, so any information is gratefully received :)

(Via SitePoint Blogs.)