W3C HTML Mail Workshop 24 May 2007, Paris, France

Last News


The minutes of the Workshop have been published. One resolution which has been adopted during the workshop was to write a whitepaper about HTMl in email, collecting issues and needs from companies having to create such emails.


Important Dates
09:00am welcome
09:30am introduction by Workshop Chair
09:45am introduction of W3C by Mauro Nunez, W3C
10:00am E-mail vs. Web – A Tactical + Technical Design Paradox
Jim Kelley, Sarah Davies, e-Dialog
10:45am Web standards: a must for html email
Mark Wyner, Mark Wyner Design
11:30am break
11:40am Should e-mail designers/developers ignore standards because of poor rendering in e-mail clients?
Darren Rawlings, Premiere Global Services
12:25pm lunch break
02:00pm HTML email: accessibility
Stéphane Deschamps, Jean-Marc Bassin, France Telecom Group
02:45pm Outspring HTML-in-Email
Pierre Saslawsky, Outspring Inc.
03:30pm break
03:45pm brainstorming session (minutes taker needed)
4:30pm closing note by Workshop Chair

The free W3C HTML mail Workshop is opened, you are welcome to join on May 24. We will start at 9am. The first talk will be given at 9:30am.

Make HTML email reliable

W3C is holding a Workshop to discuss HTML in email. On a daily basis, far more people author HTML email than HTML Web pages. Variability in the fidelity of rendering for HTML-capable email clients is an issue, however; and authoring support leaves much to be desired.

The security aspects, including phishing, spamming, identity management, and html rendering component vulnerabilities, must also be examined.

While the technical side (authoring, interoperability, security) is very important, non-technical submissions are also highly encouraged for this Workshop. We would like to hear from direct marketers, online retailers and companies using HTML emails as their default format, to gather requirements, hear triumphs and horror stories, and prioritize plans for future technical work. The primary language of the workshop will be English.

We are looking forward to your participation. If you should have any questions, please contact Daniel Glazman, chair of the event, or Karl Dubost , staff contact, or ask on the HTML mail public list, which is archived.

Position Papers

Position papers are the basis for discussions at the Workshop. Accepted papers will be made publicly available. Submitting a position paper comprises a default recognition of these terms for publication. Papers should explain the participant's interest in the Workshop, and should contribute to the Workshop's goals as outlined above. Non-technical contributions are encouraged as well.

Candidate Topics for Position Papers

All papers should be 1 to 5 pages. Allowed formats are (valid) HTML/XHTML, or plain text. Papers in any other formats will be returned with a request for correct formatting.

The Program Committee may ask the authors of particularly salient position papers to explicitly present their position at the workshop to foster discussion. Presenters will be asked to make the slides of the presentation available on the workshop home page in (X)HTML, or plain text.

Position papers must be submitted via email to HTML mail public list no later than 1st May 2007. Early submissions are appreciated.


This one-day workshop is timed to allow convenient attendance at XTech 2007 the week before.

The Workshop is free, and open to both W3C Members and to non-members. Public proceedings will be published after the event. Space is limited and participation may be limited by organization. To help the organizers plan the Workshop: If you wish to participate, please send email as soon as possible to the HTML mail public list stating:

Important Dates
1 May 2007Mandatory position papers due
4 May 2007Final Workshop Program
14 May 2007Deadline for registration
24 May 2007Workshop (8:30am to 6:00pm)


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The Workshop will be held at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris.

LocationParis, France
HostEcole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris,
46, rue Barrault
75013 Paris ( Local Map)
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