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Font tag not in HTML 5 - what should emails use to size text?

     
2:35 pm on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I see that the <font> tag is not supported in HTML5.
What (the heck) are we supposed to use in email then?
I mean is the assumption that all email will have to use CSS? I thought some email readers do not... and therefore we should all use <font> tags, no?

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1:48 am on Nov 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Oh, how tempting it is to say:

You should simply continue using whatever tag you've been using for the past 10 years for all other purposes, after alternatives to <font> came into existence.

Other possible answers are:

Do you have solid evidence for thinking that e-mail restricts itself to tags permitted in a language that officially doesn't exist yet?

and

There are always inline styles. <style = "font-family: blahblah; font-size: blahblah"> et cetera.