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‘Bulletproof’ your background images for HTML emails (HTML)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in html, in HTML5 tips and tricks, in HTML Email

‘Bulletproof’ your background images for HTML emails (HTML)It is a constant tug of war between the email client and the email designer for control over the way images display in HTML emails. Lucky for us, Campaign Monitor has developed a handy solution for the average email designer/developer called “Bulletproof Background Images.” The tool uses VML and CSS to make sure the image displays correctly no matter what. Even if images are disabled by the email client, the background image will display correctly with this tool.

Visit https://backgrounds.cm to generate your code. Paste your image link in the “Background Image” field and designate a fallback color. If the email client gets aggressive and the image still doesn’t load, this is the color your email will display. Copy the generated code and paste it into the source code of your email template. From here, make sure to input your live text in between the generated image code. Above all, make sure to test, test, and test again!

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Use basic HTML to add a title or caption to the top of GridView control (.NET)

Posted on 8/24/18 8:37 AM by Get Schooled in .NET, in html

Most everyone has at least heard of the GridView.Caption property which lets you use text in an HTML caption so your page is more accessible to assistive technology devices. What you might not have learned is that you can go beyond basic text and add full HTML. This facilitates significantly more opportunity for captions to be creative and appealing design-wise.

For example, this code utilizes HTML tags to add a border and background color: <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" ... Caption='<table border="1" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="yellow"><tr><td>Grid Heading</td></tr></table>' CaptionAlign=“Top”>.

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Display a live Twitter Feed in an HTML email by automating a dynamic image (HTML)

Posted on 8/10/18 10:45 AM by Get Schooled in html, in emails

These days, print newspapers are regularly deemed irrelevant because the information they contain is “old news” by the time they hit the press. Unfortunately, email is experiencing a similar crisis. Emails containing Twitter feeds are especially vulnerable.

Since a Twitter feed is constantly changing, attaching a static screenshot of that feed to an email and sending it your list is like driving a new car off the dealer’s lot— the moment it’s out the door, its value drops significantly.

To solve this problem, developers have created clever work arounds. One great solution is to build a simple web page containing the embedded Twitter feed; then, automate the page to take a new screenshot of the feed every 10 seconds or so with a command utility tool such as Wkhtmltoimage (https://www.npmjs.com/package/wkhtmltoimage). In this way, the image being called to display in the email will dynamically update and never be more than 10 seconds old.

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Comments in CSS and HTML

Posted on 1/27/12 2:43 PM by Get Schooled in advice, in CSS, in Guest Bloggers, in html, in New Horizons Computer Learning Center, in Tips & Tricks, in web design

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Know your HTML tags

Posted on 1/26/12 3:41 PM by Get Schooled in advice, in Cristian Easterly, in Guest Bloggers, in html, in New Horizons Computer Learning Center, in Tips & Tricks, in web design

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Use the Visual Studio .NET Toolbox to add elements to Web pages

Posted on 12/9/11 4:34 PM by Get Schooled in html, in IT, in Microsoft, in New Horizons Computer Learning Center, in Tips & Tricks, in web design

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Make your XHTML backward-compatible with Appendix C

Posted on 11/28/11 2:41 PM by Get Schooled in html, in New Horizons Computer Learning Center, in New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, in Tips & Tricks, in web design

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6 expert tips for creating HTML emails

Posted on 5/10/11 6:26 PM by Get Schooled in emails, in html, in Tips & Tricks

Since most modern email clients have the ability to display emails as full HTML documents instead of plain text, there's no reason not to take advantage of this option. When you do create HTML emails, however, keep these following tips in mind:
1. The offer's landing pages should be designed in a clean, yet inviting way. Don't get too carried away with graphics. Make sure your design maps to the medium.
2. Integrate the look and feel of your website into the message's design. The more your email ties in with your website, the more comfortable and familiar it appears to its recipients.
3. Keep it simple. Concentrate on one topic at a time, and avoid complex HTML tags, Flash, nested tables, or JavaScript.
4. Send multiple formats. You should have a version created just for AOL, a text version, and an HTML version.
5. Use tables to organize information. Stack multiple tables to keep things neat; don't nest tables within tables. Also, while many email clients accept HTML emails, they may not fully support CSS.
6. Email should be opt-in, not unsolicited. Also, explain why the customer is receiving the email, and offer him the opportunity to opt out.

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Use ASP.NET's Visible property

Posted on 1/22/11 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in asp.net, in CSS, in html, in Tips & Tricks, in Visible property

Use ASP.NET's Visible property to do more than just hide the content (ASP.NET)

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Top ten tips for great HTML email

Posted on 1/13/11 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in Advertising, in email, in html, in Tips & Tricks

Top ten tips for great HTML email

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