Kau-Boy 110

We are going the send our newsletters in HTML format soon. I have found a lot of information (like on Litmus) about which e-mail program and web mailer understands which CSS property. But the only think I couldn't figure out is which DOCTYPE we should use.

Our mass mailing tool always overwrites the DOCTYPE with HTML 4.0 Transitional:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

What would you say we should take to be compatible with most of the e-mail programs and web mailer? We don't use a lot of HTML and now special new CSS properties.

1 answer


My research suggests that you're probably better off not using a doctype at all. Most clients ignore it, so leave it out and save a bit of weight.

Answered almost 9 years ago by Tony Crockford
  • But using now DOCTYPE at all, wouldn't that force the quirks mode in some clients and will make the layout even worse? Kau-Boy almost 9 years ago
  • email clients aren't the same as web browsers, I don't even think they have quirks mode... Tony Crockford almost 9 years ago