How do I create an HTML Coded Email and send with Outlook 2003 - 2007

I have been asked to send a Christmas E-Card to our customers and suppliers.
The e-card is a animated gif.

I would like to create the HTML Email using Dreamweaver and use the HTML code as the basis for an email.

Simply I would like to take some standard HTML code and send it via Outlook, but not as an attached html file.  Then I could create background colours, tables and insert images.

See attached code
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Email Message</title>
</head>
 
<body>
This is a test email message
 
</body>
</html>

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MchallinorAsked:
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David LeeCommented:
Hi, Mchallinor.  

This is a lot easier to do with Outlook 2003 than it is with Outlook 2007.  With Outlook 2007 Microsoft switched to using Word's HTML rendering engine which does not support all HTML tags.  Outlook 2003 and its predecessors all used Internet Explorer's HTML rendering engine which did support all HTML tags.  The simplest way to get the HTML into either version is to import the HTML from a file.  In 2003 those steps are:

1.  Click Actions > New Mail Message Using > HTML (No Stationery).
2.  When the new message appears click Insert > File.
3.   Select the file, then click the downarrow on the Insert button and select "Insert as Text".

I believe the steps are the same for Outlook 2007, but I'm not near a computer with 2007 at the moment and cannot verify that.
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MchallinorAuthor Commented:
Thanks BlueDevilFan

I would have never see that Down Arrow on the Insert Button!  Thanks for drawing my attention to this.  Yes - this button does work with Outlook 2007.

I will create a more sophisticated html code with images etc.. and test it out tomorrow.

So far I think you may have the simplest solution.

I'll award the points tomorrow.
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David LeeCommented:
If this is a one-time action, then that is probably the simplest solution.  If instead this is something that you'll need to do periodically, then a scripted solution is probably better.  I can provide the code if you want to go that route or at least see how it works.
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