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chal7ds
01-23-2008, 02:29 AM
hey there,

i just finished a html document in Dreamweaver and I saved it. I emailed a copy of it to myself to see how it came out, but there's a couple problems. First of all, it's meant to be like a email newsletter, so i wanted it show up as something you could see 'within' the email, but instead, it came out as an option to 'view' or 'download' it. also, when i did go ahead and choose to view it, all the images were 'x''d out and blank. it showed the boxes, but not the images. same thing when i downloaded it and viewed it. How do i change these two factors? i'd like the page to be viewable inside the email as well as displaying the images. is it an issue of saving it a certain way or something? if someone with more knowledge on this topic could help me, that'd be great..thanks

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m1a2x3x7
01-23-2008, 08:54 PM
I'm guessing your not using absolute path to the server with your images. Ex <img src="http://www.yourdomain.com/images/imageName.gif/>If your using outlook or outlook express try this post

http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24717&highlight=html+email

chal7ds
01-23-2008, 09:31 PM
here is an example of a couple lines of code where I have an image:


<td height="73" colspan="3" valign="top" bgcolor="#FDBD5C"><a href="http://www.membershoppers.com/"><img (http://www.membershoppers.com/%22%3E%3Cimg) src="OrangeBackground.jpg" width="558" height="73" border="0">
</a></td>


also, isn't there a way to make an email newsletter with links and images
without having to upload images to a domain? This is something I wanna setup as a weekly newsletter, so I want to have the images be able to be loaded in and out with ease, without having to delete and reupload via ftp to a domain. Can I 'embed' the images somehow, so that they become a 'unit' with the html page so it doesn't have to 'look' for the images?

and, I'm using jpeg images, thats ok, right? you don't have to use gifs to make it work,right?

and last but not least, I use gmail for my email. Is there a setting I can change so that it puts the page as viewable IN the email instead of giving me options?

m1a2x3x7
01-23-2008, 09:47 PM
You will need the images on a server.

You can use jpegs or gifs but you need to have an absolute location.

<td height="73" colspan="3" valign="top" bgcolor="#FDBD5C"><a href="http://www.membershoppers.com/"> <img src="http://www.yourdomain.com/OrangeBackground.jpg" width="558" height="73" border="0">
</a></td>

chal7ds
01-23-2008, 09:52 PM
ok.

but what about having it ''show'' IN the email as a presentable, instead of as a side attachment. Do you know how to make that happen in gmail? I also have an aol account and i've tried it in there, and my client's email is an aol account. apparently aol also attaches it as a side attachement, instead of 'IN' the email itself. So, if you know anything about aol, that would help too. I was thinking, maybe it's 'how' I put it in the email. Maybe instead of 'attaching' it, I should like copy and paste it or something. I'm trying that now.

also, when i 'view' it after i send myself a copy to test it in my gmail, it tends to change my fonts. it looks like only the 'view' option does that though. if i choose 'download' and open, it uses my fonts. weird. what the heck is that all about?

chal7ds
01-23-2008, 10:29 PM
ok, i just tried to paste the html directly into the email, but that didn't work either. ugh.

Cary
01-24-2008, 12:36 AM
Did you check out the thread pointed to in m1a2x3x7's first post? It has some helpful info.

chal7ds
01-24-2008, 12:58 AM
i did, but that thread only touches on outlook express. i'm using aol and gmail, and those don't have the same source method that one guy is talking about in that thread to get it done. if they do, i wouldn't know how to get it done, because i'm sure they have a different way of doing it than outlook express does.

i've been messing around in each of them, but so far no luck..

tecknomage
01-29-2008, 03:01 PM
From your description of what you are trying to do you have to think about the recipient's email client.

From your end, the email you send the newsletter must be in HTML format, with the newsletter embedded (not attachment).

At the recipient's end, they must have set their client to accept HTML formatted email.

In Outlook, for example, this is an option a user can set. Even then, for safety, it will not load pics until you approve (click to show picture). This is a virus prevention feature. If Outlook is set for text only, your HTML will be treated like an attachment, but to open it your pics would have to be on a server (I think).

I have sent HTML formatted email in Outlook, with JPGs and all can view them. So I know that works (JPG not on a server, but embedded in the email).