Yahoo! drops paragraph spacingMonday, May 19th, 2008

Articles, Email Standards

Whereas emails sent to Yahoo! webmail subscribers in the past were appearing fine, recently it seemed like the rendering had changed. Paragraph spacing was now totally removed from many emails.

Diana ran some tests and was able to confirm that the spacing did disappear in both Yahoo! classic and the new version:

Paragraph spacing disappeared recently

This is how paragraphs will now be spaced by default.

Fortunately, this is a simple one to fix. All you need to do is add a margin-bottom of 1em (either inline or in your stylesheet) and the spacing is back.


With a 1em bottom margin, all is well

With the addition of a 1em margin, all is well.

It’s unclear at this stage why the change has been made, but it is a timely reminder that you can’t always rely on email client default settings – if it is important to your design, it’s always best to explicitly apply styles to each element.

Thanks to everyone who reported this to us, and to Diana for doing the testing.

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