Outlook HTML Template for Responsive Emails

Luke Chung
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What settings are needed to create responsive emails in Outlook?

Bootstrap and other CSS settings which work on web pages don't work when viewed in Outlook on phones and small form factors.

I know this problem has existed for years. Not sure if this has changed over the years. Any resources or HTML template to handle this would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Brandon LyonWeb Developer/Designer

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Here are a couple of good resources for HTML emails. Yes email clients are still a huge pain to develop for.

https://tedgoas.github.io/Cerberus/

https://litmus.com/community/learning/24-how-to-code-a-responsive-email-from-scratch
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outlook only supports basic html.

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Hi Brandon, Thanks for the resources. Have you found them effective with Outlook and one better than the other?

Hi David: Thanks for your response. I've learned that Outlook supports an old version of HTML (or maybe Word), but I've received what seem like responsive emails in Outlook, so I'd like to know how that's done.
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Both resources contain slightly different information but both are relevant. I haven't made any HTML emails using Cerberus before but I would probably use that if I were starting from scratch today. I have used Litmus before and it works well. You'll notice that the Litmus link contains Outlook specific code.

CSS in general doesn't work well with HTML emails, usually one must rely on tables and inline-styles. Emails are quite backwards from modern web development best practices.

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Thanks for sharing your resources and experiences.

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