Eudora Email Client Breaks HTML Links Without Quotes

Broken HTML LinksLooking into an odd problem this morning for a client, I discovered that some email clients are better at handling malformed HTML links than others.

The client had a link in their HTML message that was missing quotes around the URL.

Incorrect:

<a href=http://www.example.com?test=mylink>Read more</a>

Correct:

<a href="http://www.example.com?test=mylink">Read more</a>

Both links worked find when tested in popular webmail clients like Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail. Unfortunately less popular email clients like Eudora Mail will break the link.

Technically a link without quotes is improper HTML usage, but most email clients do handle it just fine which can cause the error to go unnoticed.

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you Tom. You are so right. Such a simple error that can go unnoticed. I’ll pay closer attention in the future.

    4/22/2010 7:57 pm
  2. In my opinion, this issue just normally happens when developer forgets it. But, it affects to all source….

    4/22/2010 8:28 pm
  3. Hi Tom,
    Would you mind if I beg to differ in regards of Eudora? As happy Eudora user (for many years) and former AWeber user who tested all emails before approving them to be "Live" all links work fine in that program.

    So somehow it must depend on the version of Eudora you’re using rather than all Eudora versions will cause this problem.

    4/23/2010 3:41 am
  4. The quotation marks must always be, unless we have such problems. As happens when we write css, if you omit ", probably in explorer will look good, but Mozilla did not apply the styles.

    4/27/2010 8:34 am
  5. I agree with Karen H in that my version of Eudora correctly handles links.

    However, I have a different problem with Eudora: it won’t display my illustrations as I have programmed them: I program them to ‘float left’ with a 4 right margin, but they display as ‘text bottom’ without margin. This can be really annoying with larger images.

    Is there something I can do about this?

    5/3/2010 12:57 am
  6. Nishchay Shah

    Clients make this mistake. A software solution could be is to filter each HTML email by an XHTML filter (like HTML tidy). This way this and lot of other unwanted results can be omitted.

    5/6/2010 10:14 am