Regularly I find myself writing emails to my colleagues which include some form of "column explanation". Which is the best way to format a HTML email for readability?
Example: I send out a link to an online table (created by someone else) in which you have to report the status of a complex process. The name of table columns is not self explanatory. Usually I write an email with the following structure:
Explanation of background, deadline, link to table
column1: Please fill out this column if [...]
column2: This column is only applicable if [...]
columnX: 5-10 further columns [...]
Further thoughts: Is a list in the email the best approach? Should I use a bullet in front of the column names? Should I emphasise (bold) the column names or does this detract from the “deadline” in bold?