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  1. dirtyemu

    HTML emails

    It's not really any issues with links. What happened was that I wrote the code without stating a DOCTYPE, finished the design, and ran it through the email campaigns test system that checks how it will display in different email clients. All was good. I then went to validate it (backwards I know!) and got the errors of missing DOCTYPE. I tried both the xhtml strict/transitional and it altered the appearance of the text. I then thought I would see what other people were using, and went and looked at the source code for the gallery examples of email newsletters. I see that some do not have the DOCTYPE declaration at all, some are using HTML 4.01, some XHTML 1.0 transitional.I am wondering whether the email clients declaration makes a difference too, or how that explains some of the examples not stating one at all?(sorry if this doesn't make sense)
  2. dirtyemu

    HTML emails

    I am working on an email template for a friend. It's a yucky table based layout - there seem to be more than a few issues with doing the equivalent purely with CSS so tables still appear to be the standard. I know some people have strong opinions on the use of html in email.. .. but what I'm looking for is what version of html/xhtml is the best/most suitable to use for email?The class I am taking has never gone over DOCTYPE declarations. It is only something I am now realizing as I want to validate the page.I have run some of the email examples from the gallery at the site I am using and they have come up with 40+ Errors. Is it not an issue for email?Any advice will be appreciated!
  3. Really appreciate all your opinions!I tried explaining myself to the teacher in person rather than through email, and was told again that what I had done was exactly the same as just an image link. After further explanation from me she tried to tell me that I could achieve the same effect by using a transparent GIF (!?) or cut and edit the image in photoshop...riiiiight. There was a mention somewhere along the way of 'no-one would ever use an image-map with a single hot-spot anyway' and then a grand finale of: 'let's get back to what we were talking about before'. I will, of course, be sure to satisfy the class requirement by always using 2 or more hot-spots from now onwards.
  4. Thanks for the response. The difference of opinions did indeed arise over the grading of an assignment, where I was deducted 25% for not using an image map, even though I had implemented a working one in the code with a single hot-spot. Even if we go by her standards of 2 or more hot-spots constituting an image-map, I feel that I deserved at least partial credit.Call me bitter
  5. OK, I have a question regarding Image Maps, and would really appreciate your thoughts: (hope this makes sense) Is an image map with a single hot-spot still considered an image map?(the hot-spot is not encompassing the entire image, just a polygon within it)My teacher is telling me that it isn't and that it is the same as just adding Href tags. I disagree as I am defining an area within the image not the image itself.W3c defines as image map as 'an image with clickable regions.'Microsoft Office Frontpage defines 'A picture with one or more clickable areas or hot spots' as being an image map. (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/frontpage/HA011753301033.aspx) The class textbook says it must have 2 or more links. Thanks.
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