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    Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Where can I find information on composing an Outlook mail message in HTML format with all the graphics, images, etc. of a Web page, ie. Woodies Window Watch (and unfortunately most of the spam I receive)? Can this be done with FrontPage and then either cut and pasted into an Outlook mail message or by creating a FP Web page and saving one page as FP stationery, which would be the mail message? How does Woody do it?

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    I'm not entirely clear what you are trying to do.

    Outlook is normally set up so that - if you choose HTML format as your default (Tools|Options|MailFormat) - you handle it all by choosing Actions|New Mail Message (using) either More Stationery or HTML (no stationery). You then apply all the formatting - and insert all the graphics etc - in any way you would like.

    If you are talking of designing your own stationery, that is a different matter, and it has been said that - in those circumstances - that Outlook Express may be a better tool for designing stationery templates.

    In terms of using Front Page, there is a File|Send option. Woody's ezines are handled by a third party mailing service

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Thanks, I was not aware of the OE stationery wizard as I use Outlook except when I am helping others. That looks like what I am looking for. I do use HTML as my default mail format, so it should be easy to build newletter type mail message around a stationery.

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    I created new stationery in OE and it looks fine with a gif image in the center of a new mail message. However when I select the same statonery in Outlook the image is repeated in 2 or more columns, depending on the size of the message window, over the entire page. (I want a sigle image centered.) Any ideas why?

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    This seems to me to be a case where you'll need to roll up your sleeves edit the HTML source. If you're not too comfortable with that, perhaps you could see whether you can add the stationery as an attachment to your next post. (Bear in mind that you'd probably have to put it into a *.zip file - see the restrictions on attachments.)
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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    I looked at the HTML source and it seems pretty straight forward to me. See attached.

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Two thoughts:

    (1) The default behavior of HTML is to "tile" the background image. You could try CSS:

    <pre>body { background-image: url(filename.gif);
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-position: center center }</pre>

    The parameters for background-position are vertical then horizontal. (see MSDN Library > HTML and Dynamic HTML > Reference > Properties > background-position Attribute

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    See attachment above:
    (1) I appears that the HTML code I am using is similar, i.e no-repeat thus no tile is called for.
    (2) I sent myself a test message and the logo repeats or tiles.
    (3) If I launch this file with IE it looks fine with the logo centered on the page and no repeat or tile
    (4) If I use this html file as stationery in OE it look just like the file does when viewed with IE, but Outlook tiles the logo.
    Strange.

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Perhaps the Outlook tiling will go away if you have the window not taking up very much of your screen - or alter the screen resolution.

    In the circumstances, it looks like there can't be much further done. I have heard it expressed that OE is basically a mail viewer inside IE. Outlook, on the other hand, uses an IE-based component to link into IE. What we have gone over here seems to be one of the artificial dividing lines.
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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    I tried changing the size of the new message window in both OE and Outlook. The size of the new message window does not make any difference. No tile in OE and tiled in Outlook, using exactly the same stationery html file. I am going to keep digging on this one as I have received messages that have a watermark that is not tiled.

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Please post back - successful or otherwise.
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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    I have sent myself a message from both OE and Outlook using the same html stationery. Results:
    OE no tile
    Outlook tile
    I will continue to post anything else I discover.

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Are you saying that from OE produces no tile whether it is received in OE or OL?
    If received in OL with no tile, what happens if you forward it?

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Correct no tile in the received message in either OE ot OL if the message is sent with OE.
    I forwarded the recieved no tile message with OL to myself. Results:
    1. The Forward Message window opens with tiled stationery in the compose box, but
    2. When the forwared message is receive in OL the stationery is not tiled <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Outlook HTML mail messages (Outlook 2000)

    Not clear: Did you delete the background attribute out of the BODY tag and put the URL in the style definition?

    Outlook is just bad with composing HTML mail. Acceptance and deep cleansing breaths may be required.

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