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  • HTML Emails

    I just had to create my first html email for an email blast, let me tell you it is a cluster.  The main issues I ran into were:

    1. Differences between Outlook and Outlook Express

    2. Padding, or lack there of…

    3. Setting the width of table rows and columns

    1. Differences between Outlook and Outlook Express
    I found that if I create an email  in OE and send it out to and Outlook account, then try to forward it from there, the padding that I had set would get removed and the width of tables would get changed.  This brought me into my next 2 issues that I encountered.

    2. Padding, or lack there of…
    Basically OE accepts padding formatting, but Outlook does not.  So the workaround for this is the old add a new empty row or column instead of padding.  This works great just as long as you remove the   and add a spacer.gif to the table and set it to the correct width of the new “padding” row or column.  This then brought me into the next issue I was encountering.

    3. Setting the width of table rows and columns
    I was giving my email a 1px border around it to make it look nice, so how I did this was:
    a. create a 1px row and column all the way around the email body
    b. set the bgcolor
    c. remove the   from the row or column
    d. and then add a 1×1 spacer.gif

    Seems all well and good, but Outlook didn’t like that I was setting the actual WIDTH of my row or column border to 1px.  It didn’t care that the HEIGHT was set to 1, but it did not like the WIDTH.  Once I removed the width value and just let the spacer.gif handle that, everything came into place.