Heads up if you produce email newsletters…there’s a new bug in Gmail that is stripping out paragraph margins in HTML email. This only started happening earlier this week.
A colleague and I both noticed that C3′s Feedburner email subscriptions were suddenly coming in with no spacing between paragraphs.
In Mail.app (and I assume other desktop email clients):
A quick look using Firebug reveals the source of the problem:
Use Firebug to disable that style property and the problem is gone.
Thank you to a post on the NTEN Discuss email list for pointing out a thread on the Google Gmail support forums about this.
Due to a glitch with some formatting in Convio, I always have to code our e-newsletters in such a way that also serves as a workaround for this Gmail bug. You’ll need to style each paragraph tag with margins that will overrule the misplaced margin above. For example:
<p style="margin-bottom: 10px;">Text goes here</p>
Yes, it adds bulk to your email which isn’t good, but it also makes sure that the message will be legible in most clients. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything about Feedburner email subscriptions, so I hope Google fixes this one quickly.