When subscribersí email readers (programs) receive your text newsletter, they will display it in all kinds of ways. Not only are there different programs, but each one has several customization options.
One of problems arising out of this diversity is line length. In extreme cases, recipients will get one extremely long line for each paragraph, because their email programs have not wrapped lines (ended each line after a specified number of characters and moved text onto a new line). In other cases, lines may be too long for comfortable reading.
How do you deal with this? Opinions vary, again. Some publishers recommend you hit RETURN key at end of each line (hard returns), to make sure text wraps. Others advocate setting a line length (65 characters or less) in Preferences section of your email program.
If you do use hard returns, use a fixed-space font like Courier or Monaco. That way you can simply set your margins to an appropriate line length and hit return key at end of each line. If you forget and use a variable-space font (like Arial or Times), your readers will get all kinds of variations, since many of them will use different fonts. You can also change your fonts back to something you like again after putting in hard returns.
Apostrophes and quotation marks: Many of us use these symbols liberally when we write, and quite frankly they improve reading process. But, be sure you use appropriate versions of these marks, which means using straight foot and inch symbols, rather than curled apostrophes and quotation marks.
If you donít do this, some of your readers will get a message in which all apostrophes and quotation marks have disappeared. It will look like you donít know how to spell, or worse. Overcome this problem by using Find & Replace function in your word processing program to make changes quickly and easily.