HTML and newsletter


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Pam

I've made a template for a e-newsletter in fp2003 - I've copied the code and
used to put it in the 'edit' section of the HTML in Outlook Express - and it
worked great (after I uploaded the file to my server) - but the referenced
pictures don't show up now that I'm using Vista and have to use OUTLOOK (not
express)

can someone help me or point me where to go for help?

thanks
Pam
 
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Andrew Murray

Pam said:
I've made a template for a e-newsletter in fp2003 - I've copied the code
and used to put it in the 'edit' section of the HTML in Outlook Express -
and it worked great (after I uploaded the file to my server) - but the
referenced pictures don't show up now that I'm using Vista and have to use
OUTLOOK (not express)

can someone help me or point me where to go for help?

thanks
Pam
Creating HTML emails does have its disadvantages:

Primarily, the images are not necessarily embedded in the messsage - you
have to use "absolute URL" links, and host the images on a web server for
the images to be displayed in a person's email reader. I believe OE 6.0
does embedded images; but I don't think Outlook and many other email clients
can display images (with <img> tag) without specifying absolute URL's.

Secondly, many users will turn off the HTML mode capability, therefore will
only get your newsletter in plain text.

An easy way to overcome this problem (since you wouldn't know what email
clients your users have), would be to create the e-newsletter as a normal
website/webpage, and send your subscribers the link to the newsletter for
the very reason that not everyone uses HTML capable email clients. This
could be at least a backup contingency plan, if the user doesn't have the
capability to read HTML content, you would need a link pointing to the web
page with the same content so the user can read the newsletter through their
web browser.

Windows Vista has "Windows Mail" which is essentially a newer version of
Outlook Express (with a few extra bells and whistles). Have you
tried/tested the newsletter with Vista Windows Mail? It too may need the
absolute URL for images, or it might embedd them as OE 6 can.
 
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