HTML EMAIL - Images not displaying

I have built an inline box model html email, it looks great in imail, yahoo, gmail, and hotmail etc…

http://www.edwardlawlor.co.uk/glazingvision/2010/onlineresource.html

However the graphic images are not displaying in hotmail?

When you open the mail, and click on show content the mail structure and html is all in order but where the graphic images should be there currently resides and little blue box with a ? inside… why are these images not displaying?

Do they need to be JPEGS or GIFS? As they are currently PNGS! Could this be why?

Also I am aware that most if not all mail programs do not like background images, in other words they don’t display them!

Is the best approach to split the mail into sections as GRAPHICAL images, or simply carefully plan your mail so that no text/imagery overlaps so you can place html and images within the mail!!

Thanks


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Are the images hosted on a web server somewhere? If not, they need to be.


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Are the images hosted on a web server somewhere? If not, they need to be.

And the paths to them need to be absolute ie www.yoursite.com/email_images/image1.jpg etc.

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Thanks guys, my images currently reside:

www.mysite.com/email/resources/image1.png etc.

Does it need to be:

www.mysite.com/email/images/image1.png etc.

Worm


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Install the action REMOTE RESOURCES.
Build the NL in HTML 3.2
No CSS
No Layers
No overlapping elements
NO ALT TAGS
AVOID Words like PRO or TEAM or any other SPAM WordsGmail/Hotmail removes anything before the body tags


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Thanks Tom, will try this but do you mean ‘upload extra resources’ action?

Or can I just upload another folder to the server called ‘images’ and place this in the correct directory? I know the action you mentioned does this for you automatically, but this is simply another route/option!

Everything else I have done, and why HTML 3.2?

Is HTML 4.01 transitional not good for HTML emails?


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On 8 Jun 2010, 7:14 pm, DeltaDave wrote:

Are the images hosted on a web server somewhere? If not, they need to be.

And the paths to them need to be absolute ie www.yoursite.com/email_images/image1.jpg etc.

David

What the best way to make the paths absolute Dave?

Currently I publish my files, and upload via FTP. The images are contained within mysite/2010/resources/image1.png, of the site folder!

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The paths need to be absolute within the HTML, which is as Dave mentioned, a complete canonical URL. You can use Tim Plumb’s Remote Resources Action, or you can use a text editor to make the change. If you’re doing the latter, look for

src="Resources

and replace with

src="http://your.server.com/path/to/Resources

The easy way to grab that full URL of the image is to view it in a browser from your server, then Control-click on the image and copy the image address. Then you can edit that down to just the path to the Resources folder.

Walter


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Thanks Walter that worked!!

I’ll take a look at Tim’s action too.

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Thanks Walter that worked!!

I’ll take a look at Tim’s action too.

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Is HTML 4.01 transitional not good for HTML emails?

Max Fancourt created an action http://www.actionsforge.com/actions/view/121-email-ready-htmlfwaction
which works in freeway 5. He also provided a model in table form which I used successfully. See this thread

http://www.freewaytalk.net/thread/view/47955#m_47955

or go directly to his sample

http://www.max-izzat.co.uk/email_examples/example_email.zip

Richard


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Is HTML 4.01 transitional not good for HTML emails?

which works in freeway 5.

Erm sorry - which works with HTML 4.01


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When you work in HTML 4.01 or above, it’s very easy to make a layout
which will absolutely confuse Microsoft Outlook. Basically, cast your
mind back to 1997, and that’s the level of tech you should use.

So that means no CSS layout, all inline styles (no class or ID style
declarations), table based layout only. Backgrounds on the entire page
are ok, but backgrounds on individual elements on the page are not.
This is why any spam mail more graphically sophisticated than an inter-
office memo will often come to you as a full-page graphic with alt text.

Personally, I have HTML turned off, so if you send me anything, make
it TEXT!

Walter

On Jun 9, 2010, at 12:33 PM, Richard Lowther wrote:

Is HTML 4.01 transitional not good for HTML emails?

which works in freeway 5.

Erm sorry - which works with HTML 4.01


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On 9 Jun 2010, 4:30 pm, Richard Lowther wrote:

Is HTML 4.01 transitional not good for HTML emails?

Max Fancourt created an action http://www.actionsforge.com/actions/view/121-email-ready-htmlfwaction
which works in freeway 5. He also provided a model in table form which I used successfully. See this thread

http://www.freewaytalk.net/thread/view/47955#m_47955

or go directly to his sample

http://www.max-izzat.co.uk/email_examples/example_email.zip

Richard

Thanks Richard, this is extremely helpful!!!

On 9 Jun 2010, 4:51 pm, waltd wrote:

When you work in HTML 4.01 or above, it’s very easy to make a layout
which will absolutely confuse Microsoft Outlook. Basically, cast your
mind back to 1997, and that’s the level of tech you should use.

So that means no CSS layout, all inline styles (no class or ID style
declarations), table based layout only. Backgrounds on the entire page
are ok, but backgrounds on individual elements on the page are not.
This is why any spam mail more graphically sophisticated than an inter-
office memo will often come to you as a full-page graphic with alt text.

Personally, I have HTML turned off, so if you send me anything, make
it TEXT!

Walter

On Jun 9, 2010, at 12:33 PM, Richard Lowther wrote:

Is HTML 4.01 transitional not good for HTML emails?

which works in freeway 5.

Erm sorry - which works with HTML 4.01

1997 lol

Once again Walter your help and knowledge is most appreciated.

Worm


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Why when I use HTML 3.2 does EMAIL ready HTML action not work it causes a javascript error? Why?

Also what style of font is best used in this format to give the best look across all browser platforms? I think Max’s examples are a good basis.

I have links, which I have set to be red. They are under lined, is there anyway to style these in 3.2 to give a hover state or perhaps even another colour once moused over? Or is this too advanced, and best to keep simple?

Any help is much appreciated

Worm


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I have tried using the emailer action and also the remote resources action - both without much success (but this may be done to my technical ability!!). I think the main problem is that the html email is to be seen on any number of mail applications, none of which you have any control over and which aren’t designed to handle html images.
Basically, I found it a lot easier and controlling just to send a jpeg of your mailshot as an attachment. Job done. OK, you can’t put links on it but it is so much easier!

noel


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