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HTML EMAILS - Images are also attachments... sometimes...

I've put together a nice little html email, using dreamweaver, pretty simple - tables, images, links.... no scripts or anything...

I've sent this to myself and a friend. I've sent it from outlook express to myself, i use outlook, it appears fine. He uses entourage on a mac. The email appeared ok, but all the images also came through as atttachments to the email...

However - I forwarded a newsletter email from selftrade, and the images didn't attach themselves...

I've tried adding the 'NOSEND' tag, but didn't change. Are there tags (like 'alt') that should or shouldn't be in there? Does the server i send it from (Hotmail or smtp) make a difference? Does anyone have any ideas!?!?

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The answer is not to use relative links. There are all sorts of strange issues with various email clients. The biggest problems we had with image attachments was with Lotus Notes. The only safe method I know is to place the images on a remote webserver, then code your links to this absolute address.

This works fine for placed images as well as images in backgrounds and in CSS styles.


ric176Author Commented:
Sorry, I should have said that in the first post, but the images are already on a webserver... which is why it is strange that the mac client gets an email with a load of attachments....
Can you post a portion of your code to show how you have the page set up?
ric176Author Commented:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<META content="MSHTML 6.00.2800.1276" name=GENERATOR>
<BODY bgColor=#ffffff>
<TABLE cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=2 width=700 border=0>
    <TD align=middle><IMG height=85 alt=""
      src="http://www.aaa.com/dogshome/bannertop.gif" width=690
    <TD align=middle><IMG height=1 alt=""
      src="http://www.aaa.com/dogshome/spacer_blue.gif" width=675
      <TABLE cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0>
        <TR vAlign=top>
          <TD width="50%">
            <P><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2><IMG height=25
            alt="" src="http://www.aaa.com/dogshome/title_2004dog.gif"
            width=280 vspace=5 NOSEND="1"><BR>The Dog Parade has been created by
            Battersea Dogs Home as a unique opportunity for businesses and
            organisations to go wildly creative and present their brand colours
            through the medium of a big fibreglass dog! Hundreds of these dogs
            will be on show in the shop windows of London’s West End. The dogs
            are made of fibreglass and are a unique, three-dimensional canvas
            for artists, designers and stores to stamp their own mark upon. Each
            dog stands 3’6” to the top of his head – plenty of space to let your
            brand colours work some magic. </FONT></P>
            <P><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2>The Parade will
            run for three months in store windows, museums, and corporate HQ’s
            and will be joined by celebrity dogs. These will be signed and
            created by many celebrities and sold through a special auction at
            the end of the parade. </FONT></P></TD>
          <TD width="50%" rowSpan=2><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"
            size=2><IMG height=25 alt=""
            src="http://www.aaa.com/dogshome/title_whyarewe.gif" width=280
            vspace=5 NOSEND="1"><BR>Everyone knows
It looks like it should work.

Try putting in a <BASE> command in the head section...

<BASE href="http://www.aaa.com/dogshome/">
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