need help with tables for HTML email newsletter

This page is going to be used as an HTML email newsletter, therefore I can only use HTML and imbedded CSS.

http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/2_08/yearend_p1.html

The main thing that I am trying to fix right now is to remove the white gap that appears below the image and above the light green column on the right side.

Also, when I check this page for validation I get a lot of errors, but I am not sure how to fix these.

Thanks!
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hankknightCommented:
You can fix the gap by changing this line:    

<td width="649" height="164" colspan="2" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; border-left:1px solid #deeade;"><img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/header_yearend.jpg" width="649" height="164" align="right"></td>
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    <td width="649" colspan="2" style=" text-align:center; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: verdana, arial; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:25px;"><a href="mailto:newsletter@pcg-advisors.com" style="color:#666666">Unsubscribe</a> from our list |  Email not displaying correctly? <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p1.html" style="color:#666666">View it in your browser</a></td>
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    <td width="649" height="164" colspan="2" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; border-left:1px solid #deeade;"><img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/header_yearend.jpg" width="649" height="164" align="right"></td>
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    <td width="120" align="left"><table width="406" border="0" align="left" cellpadding="0"" cellspacing="0" style="vertical-align:top;border-left:1px solid #deeade;">
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        <td width="20" rowspan="11">&nbsp;</td>
        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a></a></span>Partnership Capital Growth<br>
          2007 Year-End Update</td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p>Partnership Capital Growth Advisors enjoyed a productive year in 2007 by working closely with numerous founders, entrepreneurs, management teams and investors to bring about strong new partnerships to accelerate the growth of each company. We appreciate the opportunity to work with those of you who share our commitment to the areas of healthy, active and sustainable living and to values including integrity, trust and excellence. We look forward to extending our relationship with you in 2008 and wish you great success in the upcoming year.</p></td>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"></span><span class="title"><a name="topic1" id="topic1"></a></span>2007 Closed Transactions</td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p>-<strong>Cytosport</strong>: PCGA assisted the founding family of Cytosport in the merger of multiple related businesses in order to effectuate an investment in June 2007 by TSG Consumer Partners, with Partnership Capital Growth Fund I co-investing. </p>
            <p>-<strong>Mrs. Green&rsquo;s Natural Markets</strong>: PCGA led an extensive process that included financial and strategic investors and resulted in the acquisition of Mrs. Green&rsquo;s by Canada-based Planet Organic in July 2007. Ares Management led the financing, and Partnership Capital Growth Fund I co-invested. PCGA continues to support Planet Organic in identifying future acquisitions and investing/financing opportunities.</p>
            <p>-<strong>Surftech</strong>: PCGA acted as exclusive advisor to the founders of Surftech in the recapitalization led by Source Capital Partners that closed in September 2007. Partnership Capital Growth Fund I co-invested in Surftech as part of the transaction. </p>
            <p>-<strong>Gold Violin</strong>: PCGA worked closely with the founder and board of directors of Gold Violin to evaluate various strategic options which resulted in the acquisition of the company by Orchard Brands, a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital in October of 2007. </p>
            -<strong>Sleek Medspa/BriteSmile (BSML)</strong>: PCGA acted as exclusive advisor to the management of Sleek Med Spa in obtaining an exclusive management contract for BSML locations in December 2007. PCGA led the acquisition of SkinKlinic by Sleek Medspa in 2006 and continues to support the company in identifying future acquisitions. </td>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a name="topic1" id="topic1"></a></span></span>Company Criteria  </span></td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p>Partnership Capital Growth focuses exclusively on advising and investing in strong growth companies that share our passion for healthy, active and sustainable living and our commitment to strong values. We work with companies we believe can improve lives and make the world a better place and that we&rsquo;re confident in as strong, long-term investment opportunities.<br>
          <strong></strong><br>
            <strong>1. Driven by trends with consumers of all ages in the areas of healthy, active and sustainable living </strong><br>
            <strong>2. Strong growth potential</strong><br>
            <strong>3. Market leadership</strong><br>
            <strong>4. Strong, trusting relationships<br>
            5. Commitment to engaging a strong capital partner to accelerate growth</strong></p>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a name="topic1" id="topic1"></a></span></span>PCGA In The News  </span></td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p><a href="http://www.contemporaryoralhygieneonline.com/press_release.asp?id=10182014" target="_blank">BSML Announces Change in Management</a> <br>
          <br>
          <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/new/news/articles/0807_planet_organic.html" target="_blank">Planet Organic Health Corp Appoints New Director</a></p>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a name="topic1" id="topic1"></a></span></span>About Partnership Capital Growth </span></td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 120px"><p>Partnership Capital Growth is a FINRA/SIPC licensed broker dealer providing full service merger and acquisition financing and capital structure advisory services to high-growth middle market companies. PCGA focuses exclusively on consumer products and services in healthy, active and sustainable living. PCGA is based in San Francisco, California. <br>
          <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com">www.pcg-advisors.com</a>.</p>
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              <br />
            </a><img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/greeb_bullet.gif" width="6" height="6"> <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p2.html#topic2" style="color:#004500; text-decoration: none;">2007 Closed Transactions <br/>
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              </a><img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/greeb_bullet.gif" width="6" height="6" /> <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p2.html#topic3" style="color:#004500; text-decoration: none;">Company Criteria </a><br/>
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          <img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/greeb_bullet.gif" width="6" height="6"> <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p2.html#topic4" style="color:#004500; text-decoration: none;">PCGA In The News</a><br/>
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          <img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/greeb_bullet.gif" width="6" height="6"> <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p2.html#topic5" style="color:#004500; text-decoration: none;">About PCGA </a></p>
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hankknightCommented:
I fixed the code so it validates!

Here were the items that needed fixing:

- You should NOT use a strict DTD for email
- You should add "alt" tags to every item
- You don't need the /> in <br />
- ID "TOPIC1" already defined (each ID can only be used once)
- You had an extra </span> closing tag
- You had an extra " here: cellpadding="0""
- You cannot put valign="top" in a table tag
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
   "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
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<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<title>Newsletter</title></head>
 
<body>
<table width="649" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
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    <td width="649" colspan="2" style=" text-align:center; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: verdana, arial; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:25px;"><a href="mailto:newsletter@pcg-advisors.com" style="color:#666666">Unsubscribe</a> from our list |  Email not displaying correctly? <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p1.html" style="color:#666666">View it in your browser</a></td>
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    <td width="649" height="164" colspan="2" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; border-left:1px solid #deeade;"><img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/header_yearend.jpg" width="649" height="164" align="right" alt="Partnership Capital Growth Advisors"></td>
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    <td width="120" align="left"><table width="406" border="0" align="left" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="vertical-align:top;border-left:1px solid #deeade;">
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        <td width="20" rowspan="11">&nbsp;</td>
        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a></a></span>Partnership Capital Growth<br>
          2007 Year-End Update</td>
        <td width="20" rowspan="11">&nbsp;</td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p>Partnership Capital Growth Advisors enjoyed a productive year in 2007 by working closely with numerous founders, entrepreneurs, management teams and investors to bring about strong new partnerships to accelerate the growth of each company. We appreciate the opportunity to work with those of you who share our commitment to the areas of healthy, active and sustainable living and to values including integrity, trust and excellence. We look forward to extending our relationship with you in 2008 and wish you great success in the upcoming year.</p></td>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"></span><span class="title"><a name="topic1" id="topic1"></a></span>2007 Closed Transactions</td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p>-<strong>Cytosport</strong>: PCGA assisted the founding family of Cytosport in the merger of multiple related businesses in order to effectuate an investment in June 2007 by TSG Consumer Partners, with Partnership Capital Growth Fund I co-investing. </p>
            <p>-<strong>Mrs. Green&rsquo;s Natural Markets</strong>: PCGA led an extensive process that included financial and strategic investors and resulted in the acquisition of Mrs. Green&rsquo;s by Canada-based Planet Organic in July 2007. Ares Management led the financing, and Partnership Capital Growth Fund I co-invested. PCGA continues to support Planet Organic in identifying future acquisitions and investing/financing opportunities.</p>
            <p>-<strong>Surftech</strong>: PCGA acted as exclusive advisor to the founders of Surftech in the recapitalization led by Source Capital Partners that closed in September 2007. Partnership Capital Growth Fund I co-invested in Surftech as part of the transaction. </p>
            <p>-<strong>Gold Violin</strong>: PCGA worked closely with the founder and board of directors of Gold Violin to evaluate various strategic options which resulted in the acquisition of the company by Orchard Brands, a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital in October of 2007. </p>
            -<strong>Sleek Medspa/BriteSmile (BSML)</strong>: PCGA acted as exclusive advisor to the management of Sleek Med Spa in obtaining an exclusive management contract for BSML locations in December 2007. PCGA led the acquisition of SkinKlinic by Sleek Medspa in 2006 and continues to support the company in identifying future acquisitions. </td>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a name="topic1a" id="topic1a"></a></span>Company Criteria  </span></td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p>Partnership Capital Growth focuses exclusively on advising and investing in strong growth companies that share our passion for healthy, active and sustainable living and our commitment to strong values. We work with companies we believe can improve lives and make the world a better place and that we&rsquo;re confident in as strong, long-term investment opportunities.<br>
          <strong></strong><br>
            <strong>1. Driven by trends with consumers of all ages in the areas of healthy, active and sustainable living </strong><br>
            <strong>2. Strong growth potential</strong><br>
            <strong>3. Market leadership</strong><br>
            <strong>4. Strong, trusting relationships<br>
            5. Commitment to engaging a strong capital partner to accelerate growth</strong></p>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a name="topic1b" id="topic1b"></a></span>PCGA In The News  </span></td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 20px"><p><a href="http://www.contemporaryoralhygieneonline.com/press_release.asp?id=10182014" target="_blank">BSML Announces Change in Management</a> <br>
          <br>
          <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/new/news/articles/0807_planet_organic.html" target="_blank">Planet Organic Health Corp Appoints New Director</a></p>
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        <td width="366" style="  text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#ffffff; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:bottom; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-family: Georgia; font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#004500; line-height:14px; PADDING-TOP: 30px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 6px"><span class="title"><a name="topic1c" id="topic1c"></a></span>About Partnership Capital Growth </span></td>
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        <td width="366" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#FFFFFF; font-size:11px; color:#666666; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 120px"><p>Partnership Capital Growth is a FINRA/SIPC licensed broker dealer providing full service merger and acquisition financing and capital structure advisory services to high-growth middle market companies. PCGA focuses exclusively on consumer products and services in healthy, active and sustainable living. PCGA is based in San Francisco, California. <br>
          <a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com">www.pcg-advisors.com</a>.</p>
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        <td width="203" valign="top" style=" text-align:left; vertical-align:top; background-color:#deeade; font-size:10px; color:#004500; line-height:20px; font-family: verdana, arial; PADDING-TOP: 4px;"><p><img src="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Images/newsletter/greeb_bullet.gif" width="6" height="6" alt="-">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pcg-advisors.com/Newsletter/9_07/p1.html#topic1" style="color:#004500; text-decoration: none;">2007 Year-End Update<br>
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opalwilsonAuthor Commented:
Thank You!!!!  I have a dumb question.  What does DTD stand for?
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hankknightCommented:
DTD stands for "Document Type Definition" and it is needed to properly interpret HTML, XHTML and XML code.  

You should ALWAYS place the DTD above the <html> tag like this:

         <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
            "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
         <html>

You said that when you validated your code you got lots of errors.  The  DTD determines which rules should be used.

For example, if you use this DTD you should use <br> for line breaks and NOT <br />

         <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
            "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

however if you use this DTD you should use <br /> for line breaks and NOT <br>

         <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
            "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> 


Here is a good link to help you learn more about DTDs and to help you choose what DTD to use:
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/doctype/
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