WDRL 298

Email tech stacks, less CSS duplicates, simple color systems, a custom highlight API, UUID6 and more.

Hi, I’m Anselm Hannemann. Freelance webdesigner, frontend engineer, advisor. Curating WDRL, growing vegetables on a market garden farm.

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if you read this email, it’ll be technically different from the previous. When I recently updated my newsletter service server software nearly everything broke into pieces. I was using mailtrain v1 for a long time now but it’s deprecated and using old node versions. Upgrading to v2 wasn’t easy enough for me and I also wanted to have an easier to maintain mailer anyway. The new email is sent via Spatie’s Laravel Mailcoach. So far it’s a pretty manual process again since it doesn’t support RSS-campaigns. At some point in future I want to publish the newsletter via Kirby to the Mailcoach API.

But at this point I now changed my template as well to a modern MJML based template code. This should hopefully fix all the rendering issues you reported to me recently. I tried to support light and dark mode in the emails but that utterly failed and the new template does not support it, too. It’s a bit sad but mail clients once again do what they believe is right, leading to white on white text in some cases. It’s a good reminder to caniemail and that email templating isn’t coding for a browser.

Please report any issues to me if you find one. Now enjoy the new content:







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