Html email background color is not coming through

Posted on 2006-06-05
Last Modified: 2012-01-18
i have an email where i would like to have a black background and red and white text in the forground.

no matter what i try i can't get the background color to come through. the fore ground colors work perfectly, unfortunately white text on a white back ground is sort of hard to read.

thanks in advance.

Question by:Autoeforms
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    Expert Comment

    Have you verified that your email program isn't overriding it?  Can you post what you're sending as the html mail?
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    Author Comment

    regardless of my settings, what is the best way to insure the background color comes through all the time in the email.

    would i be better of building the email and saving it as a jpeg and then emailing the image
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    Well, the thing is, there's no such situation as 'regardless of settings'.  Any setting can be overridden.  You may already be doing it the proper way, but if your email program doesn't, for example, allow the background color to be set on the whole message, but only sections, then even if you did it right it still wouldn't come through.  When I check email in my webmail interface, no page-relative background colors ever or will ever show, regardless of how they're set.  But, if part of the html email (a div or a td) has a background color, that shows fine.  However, if I view the same email in a third html email program, it may look different again depending on the settings.  So, as I mentioned, depending on how you're doing it, the problem may not be with your method, but your email program.  It's always iffy whether an html email will display properly as support for it varies.

    As for the sending it as a jpeg, the problem is that a lot of email systems block images.  Or do you mean as an inline html image?
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    Hi greg,

    you may have put the code in a table or a cell.

    Try to change the background of the table or cell.

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