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Noticed today this great trinket from Google: in their notification emails upon new G+ followers, the recipient can add someone to a circle directly from a dropdown in the email. (See below).

The HTML for the page clearly shows the related div has been attached to the end of the body, suggesting that the div di not 'ship with' the email and then was displayed via in-email javascript.

Is this kind of interactivity available to any engineer / product developer? Is this only something that Google gets to do because they control Gmail services?

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closed as off topic by rk., JohnGB, Charles Wesley, Matt Obee, Benny Skogberg Apr 25 '13 at 17:53

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This looks like a developer question, do you have any UX related questions regarding this interaction? – rk. Apr 25 '13 at 13:52
I think it's a technology question, regarding what interactions are possible in email. Should I reframe in the general: "What kinds of javascript-interactivity mechanisms are possible in emails?" – New Alexandria Apr 25 '13 at 13:54
That is also quite open ended, the specific your question is, the better the probability of getting a good answer. You might ask, "How is this out of the blue drop down compared to a traditional drop down?" or something similar. – rk. Apr 25 '13 at 13:56
@rk I could change the question around heavily away from the tech of UX, but at that rate I should perhaps delete and open another? – New Alexandria Apr 25 '13 at 15:57
That would be wise :) – rk. Apr 25 '13 at 16:00

Not doable... Virtually every email client strips javascript out of emails. I assume web based email clients do as well.

The feature you are seing is probably a part of the gmail app and not the email itself.

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I did some determination and it looks doable. Since this question is being voted closed for topic, my details would probably be inappropriate to this forum. Thanks, though – New Alexandria Apr 25 '13 at 16:02

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