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Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 50

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9 best practices for email design


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March 2nd, 2008 by Verne


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Designing for an email is still quite far off from designing for a browser. In fact, email reader standards are pretty historic in the sense that (a) it requires designers to degrade their modern coding practices and (b) there really are no true standards.

Fortunately, there are bodies in place that are working on standardizing the way emails are being rendered. But something tells me that we shouldn’t hold our breath (after all, we haven’t even fully standardized the experience within browsers yet). So in the mean time, here are some basic best practices to follow when designing for emails that will ensure your work displays as intended.

1. Go old school with your HTML

Go old-school on your HTMLScrap everything you’ve learned in recent years about tableless CSS structures and revert back to the HTML that your grandma grew up with (a little exagerated but it seems that long since we’ve used tables). Forget about positioning divs with CSS and rely on trusty table cells to lay out your content as many email readers will not render positioning instructions properly or at all. Be safe, be old school.

2. Use inline style tags

Email Standards Project Acid TestMost major email readers, whether they’re online, like Gmail and Hotmail, or desktop applications, like Outlook and Thunderbird, will ignore everything between the <head></head> tags, including your style definitions (whether you do it via <link> or <style></style> tags). This means you should style your HTML using inline styles. Be careful though - there are many CSS properties that will not render properly, like the aforementioned position property. A detailed report on how various major email readers performed against an Acid Test (which tests a handful of common CSS properties) can be found here.

3. Don’t rely on using background images

Gmail’s Acid Test performance shows no background imagesUsing background images has become an essential tool on the designer’s belt. However, there is such an inconsistency between which browsers will actually display background images that it’s best to not rely on them. As an Outlook 2007 user, I know as a fact that no background images are displayed (this is true for Gmail as well). On the other hand, readers like AOL Webmail and Windows Live Mail (not Hotmail) will render background images correctly. Since it’s too difficult to predict what reader your audience is using, your use of background images should only be for enhancement and not as something your entire design depends on.

4. Consider your images blocked by default

Many email readers block images by defaultFor security purposes, many email readers will block images embedded in an email by default. The reader must opt-in on each email to display the images (though some may allow readers to set their preference). What this means is that you should rely on your images to communicate your message. Avoid replacing too much text with images and make sure your email design still gets the point across even when images are not displayed.

5. Use the ALT attribute for images

Use the ALT attribute to communicate your blocked image’s messageTo avoid completely losing the message on an image when images are blocked, fill out the ALT attribute for each of your images. This ensures that the important content from the image (i.e. the text) is still passed along. This also helps in cases where the reader is using a text-only email client, as the image will be replaced by the ALT attribute.

6. Use absolute paths

Use absolute paths when referencing imagesThis one’s a no-brainer but make sure to use absolute paths when referencing images. Relative paths (i.e. /images/my-image.jpg) will break as the email reader won’t know what the path is relative to. Your image paths should look like this instead: http://www.mywebsite.com/emails/images/my-image.jpg. This is so simple that it can often be accidentally overlooked so make sure to double check your image paths before you transition from draft to final.

7. Be considerate of file sizes

Be considerate of file sizesLoading up your email design with large images will slow down the download process on the reader’s end and may deter them from reading it all together. In some cases, exceptionally large emails may also be flagged for spam and viruses. To minimize these risks, optimize your images so that they have the smallest possible file size. This may require you to play around with JPG, GIF, and PNG formats to see which gives the highest image quality with the smallest file size. Where possible, use plain text to communicate your message.

8. Avoid rich media and forms

Avoid embedding rich media like FlashIn a browser, using Flash, animated GIFs and forms add interactivity to the user experience. In an email, it bulks up the file size, raises security flags, or just doesn’t work. If there are interactive components attached to your email campaign, you are far better off linking the reader to a live site than to attempt to embed them into the email itself. It’s an extra step but at least you can be sure that your rich media and forms will work.

9. Design for smaller spaces

Design your emails with appropriate widthsJust like designing for a web browser, you need to be considerate of screen resolutions and window sizes. In addition to this, email readers often have added sidebars and navigations on both sides of where your email content is displayed, further decreasing the amount of space you have to play with. Be safe and keep the width of your email design at least within 800px (we commonly use 750px).

If you’re running an email campaign and would like to learn more about best practices for email designs, speak to us. We’d love to help you.

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Make your website printer-friendly


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February 14th, 2008 by Verne


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The accessibility of your website is an important consideration to make. It could be as simple as determining what screen resolution your website is compatible with. The ongoing cross-browser compatibility struggle can also be seen as an accessibility issue, as can the extent that your website complies with screen reader standards for the blind. Essentially, the accessibility of your website is measured by the number of methods, mediums, and audiences that your site’s content can be easily transferred to.

icon-printer.jpgAccessibility also includes, among many other things, the extent to which your site is printer-friendly. In other words, the ability for your audience to print your content and take it with them so that they may have access to it while away from the computer. As with all aspects of accessibility, making your site printer-friendly is ideal, but not manditory. Sometimes it’s just not necessary - like an artist’s online portfolio. Other times, like with real estate listings on an agent’s website, it just makes sense.

When we were working on the recently-launched MichelleLuDo.com website, we thought about the nature of the audience that Michelle, a friendly and driven real estate sales agent, would be interacting with through her new website. What we discovered was that her clients were more traditional individuals and were likely to prefer print over web when it came to digesting information. Moreover, when you consider the steps an individual on a real estate agent’s website intuitively takes - browse a listing, find something interesting, copy the information down, visit the location - ensuring the website’s content was printer-friendly became a priority.

How to make a website printer-friendly

Making a website printer-friendly is actually quite simple. All it takes is two stylesheets - one to tell the browser how to display your website on the screen, and one to tell the printer how to print it out. You define which is which using the media attribute in the <link> tag that resides in your <head>. For example, here’s how MichelleLuDo.com’s stylesheet links generally look:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”style-print.css” type=”text/css” media=”print” />

As you can see, we loaded 2 stylesheets and defined one as media="screen" and the other as media="print".

Once you’ve got the two stylesheets setup, it’s time to format them to your liking. Your print stylesheet should start by being identitcal to your screen stylesheet. Then begin hiding all the elements that you don’t want to show up in your print out using either display: none; or position: absolute; left: -9999px;. In most cases it’s best to use the latter method to hide elements as screen readers sometimes ignore display: none;. However, in this case, it shouldn’t make a difference.

Best practices for printer-friendly websites

Here are 5 best practices to follow when deciding how the print version of your website should appear:

  1. Strip all or most images.
  2. Remove background colors.
  3. Minimize and adjust text colors - use colors that will be easy to read on paper.
  4. Remove unecessary or irrelevant elements (such as links).
  5. Add necessary information such as the webpage’s URL or contact information.

Tip: Trading Places

Here’s a simple tip that will help you swap web content that is irrelevant or unfriendly for print with useful and printer friendlier content.

For example, here is the header image on MichelleLuDo.com:

MichelleLuDo Header Image

In the printed version of the site we wanted to make sure that her name was still visible and that branding stayed in tact. However, printing this image would not be too friendly on the printer’s ink or on the overall aesthetics of the print out (since all other background colors will have been stripped). What we want to do is replace the header image above with this printer friendly header image in the printed version of the website:

MichelleLuDo.com Header Image (Printer Friendly)

So here’s how we do it:

HTML

<div id="header-image">
<span class=”normal”><a href=”/” title=”Michelle Lu-Do”><img src=”id.jpg” alt=”Michelle Lu-Do”></a></span>
<span class=”pf”><img src=”id_pf.jpg” alt=”Michelle Lu-Do”></span>
</div>

Screen Stylesheet

#header-image { padding-top: 40px; float: left; display: block; width: 530px; height: 41px; }
#header-image .normal { }
#header-image .pf { display: none; }

Note that the <span class="pf"> that wraps our printer-friendly header image (id_pf.jpg) is hidden using display: none;, while the <span class="normal"> that wraps our web-ready header image is displayed.

Print Stylesheet

#header-image { padding-top: 40px; float: left; display: block; width: 530px; height: 41px; }
#header-image .normal { display: none; }
#header-image .pf { }

Notice now that .normal and .pf have traded properties and now the ‘normal’ web-ready header image is hidden while the printer-friendly header image is displayed for the printer. Just like that, our printer-friendly image has traded places with the web-friendly image. You can use this hepful tip with any content on the page.

The final product

Here’s a live page from MichelleLuDo.com:

MichelleLuDo.com

And here’s how the page prints out:

MichelleLuDo.com (Printed)

And there you have it, an accessible printer-friendly website.

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Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 50

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 52

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 54

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 55

Farewell, IE6


Warning: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 41

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 50

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 52

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 54

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/hos/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 55
January 22nd, 2008 by Verne


Strict Standards: Non-static method nggallery::get_option() should not be called statically in /home/hos/public_html/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggfunctions.php on line 10

Internet Explorer 7It is with great sadness but greater joy that I share the news that IE6 will finally be put to rest come this February. According to InfoWorld, Microsoft has finally given the thumbs up to an autoupdate of IE6 to IE7 which is set to occur on February 12.

As web designers, we’re constantly kept awake at night fighting crime in the war of browser compatibility issues, hoping only to build websites that deliver consistent experiences to all users regardless of their browser of choice. Microsoft did us all a favour with the release of IE7 not too long ago, marginalizing the differences in how it displays websites between it and its next leading competitor Firefox. But despite this and all the new features and innovations that IE7 brings to users, there still remains a significant portion of internet users who haven’t been incented enough to make the leap from IE6 to IE7. This essentially has meant that the designers who choose to make accomodations for outdated users must design websites for 3 very different browsers. Until now, that is.

On February 12, the update will roll-out and a good 30% of the internet population will see many websites in a whole new light and in the way they were truly designed to be seen (despite our greatest efforts, many websites are still not fully cross-browser compatible). For us, it means the old ‘tester’ computer that still runs IE6 may finally be unplugged. Coincidentally, its power supply died last week.

You can read the full article on InfoWorld here. For the truly stubborn, the article also mentions ways to avoid the autoupdate.

This is great news for the community, and it comes shortly after the announcement of another exciting IE milestone. It’s definitely a good time to be a web designer.

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