Foundation for Emails 2.0 mainstreams responsive email design
New featuresLet’s get right to it—all the new features that make 2.0 better for designers, developers and, ultimately, end users. Here’s what you get: Fully flexible grid: this applies even to small screens, which is a big deal. Create any number of columns, and still work with a fully flexible, small grid. Built with Sass: designers have all of the perks that come with Sass at their disposal, which includes mixins, variables and partials. Inky, the new templating language: with Inky, sifting through hundreds of annoying table tags is a thing of the past. Now, you’re able to write tags like “columns” and “row” to obtain the necessary six table tags to bring your email’s skeleton together. Helpful UI component: the same components used in ZURB’s Foundation for Sites have been recycled for Foundation for Emails. As a result, designers can enjoy flexibility without being subject to such a steep learning curve. Here are the included components:
- Inline lists
- Vertical lists
- Block grid
Designer- and user-friendlyGetting to know 2.0 is intuitive and smooth because a lot of the parts from Foundation for Sites are also featured in 2.0. As Geoff Kimball, Foundation Lead, puts it:
Foundation for Emails 2 borrows many components, best practices, and workflows from Foundation for Sites. Foundation developers new to HTML emails will feel right at home.
As a result, designers and developers don’t have to waste time getting to know and learn a whole new beast from scratch again. And that’s good news for designers looking to make responsive emails work for their businesses and clients.
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