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Unwanted extra padding being added to an email in Outlook 2007

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Hi,

We have created an email newsletter for one of our customers, which seems to work ok in most popular email clients, however it is adding some extra padding to the bottom of one of the table cells in Outlook 2007 (it may do it in other versions of outlook as well)

If you look at the images below, you will see how it looks in Thunderbird, which is how it should look, and how it is in Outlook 2007, which is incorrect.

We need the space between the image and the edge of the containing box to be 20px, and the bottom of the text in the left hand column to line up with the bottom of the image (so the text is also 20px from the bottom of the containing box)

Hope you can help,
Thanks
Jim

Outlook screen capture:Outlook displays the email like this.Thunderbird screen capture:Thunderbird displays the email like this.Sample code:
<html>
<head>
<title>Test Email</title>
<style type="text/css">
html { padding:0px; margin:0px; }
body {
background-color:#a28769;
font-family:georgia, garamond, serif;
font-size:10px;
line-height:17px;
margin:0px;
padding:0px;
color:#572600;
}
a {
color:#572600;
text-decoration:underline;
}
a:hover {
color:#572600;
text-decoration:none;
}
h3 {
font-size:26px;
line-height:32px;
margin-top:0px;
margin-bottom:15px;
color:#572600;
font-weight:normal;
}
#address a {
color:#572600;
}
#address a:hover {
color:#572600;
text-decoration:underline;
}
table, tr, td { border:0px; }
img { border:none; }
</style>
</head>
<body>
<table width="760" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center" style="margin-top:20px; margin-bottom:20px;">
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%" style="background-color:#f9f8f4;"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<!-- Start header block -->
<!-- Start header logo -->
<tr>
<td style="text-align:center;" valign="bottom"><table width="696" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center" style="padding:40px 0 32px 0px;"><tr>
<td  width="33%" style="text-align:center;">Email Logo</td>
</tr>
</table></td>
</tr>
<!-- End header logo -->
<!-- Start header splitters and link -->
<tr>
<td><table width="696" align="center" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<tr>
<td style="background-color:#786239; width:696px; height:1px;"></td>
</tr>
</table></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="text-align:center; padding:6px 0px; color:#572600; font-size:26px;">Email Title</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><table width="696" align="center" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<tr>
<td style="background-color:#786239; width:696px; height:1px;"></td>
</tr>
</table></td>
</tr>
<!-- End header splitters and link -->
<!-- End header block -->



<!-- Start content area type 1 -->
<tr>
<td align="center" style="text-align:center;"><table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center" style="padding:20px 0 0 0; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;"><tr><td align="center" style="text-align:center;"><table width="696" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center" style="background-color:#4d2e00; padding:20px; margin:0 auto;">
<tr>
<td style="vertical-align:top; color:#ffffff;" valign="top"><h3 style="color:#ffffff;">LOREM IPSUM<br>DOLOR SIT AMET</h3>
<p style="font-size:13px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:15px; margin-top:0px;">Consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc euismod iaculis feugiat. Aliquam convallis erat at nisl feugiat sed vulputate est faucibus.</p>
<p style="font-size:13px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:15px; margin-top:0px;">Maecenas sollicitudin nisi eget risus adipiscing tincidunt. Etiam orci ipsum, accumsan quis varius ut, elementum et nulla.</p>
</td>
<td align="right" width="388" rowspan="2"><a href="http://www.domain.co.uk/Shop/Details.aspx?Product=Product1" title="Product 1"><img src="http://www.domain.com/images/email/picA.jpg" style="margin:0px; padding:0px;" width="333" height="315" alt="Product 1" align="right" border="0"></a></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="vertical-align:bottom; color:#ffffff; font-style:italic; font-size:13px; line-height:17px;" valign="bottom"><em>Right: <a href="http://www.domain.co.uk/Shop/Details.aspx?Product=Product1" style="color:#ffffff;">The Product 1</a>, <a href="http://www.domain.co.uk/Shop/Details.aspx?Product=Product2" style="color:#ffffff;">The Product 2 with longer title</a></em></td>
</tr>
</table></td></tr></table></td>
</tr>
<!-- End content area type 1 -->



<!-- Start content splitter -->
<tr>
<td><table width="696" align="center" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin:0px auto;">
<tr><td style="background-color:#f9f8f4; width:696px; height:20px;"></td></tr>
<tr><td style="background-color:#a39278; width:696px; height:2px;"></td></tr>
<tr><td style="background-color:#f9f8f4; width:696px; height:20px;"></td></tr>
</table></td>
</tr>
<!-- End content splitter -->

<!-- Start address -->
<tr>
<td style="padding:0 0 20px 0px; text-align:center; font-size:14px; color:#572600;"><div id="address">Email Footer</div></td>
</tr>
<!-- End address -->

</table></td>
</tr>
</table>
</body>
</html>

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padding not works in outlook2007..use blank div, td to giv requried spacing....we have also faced the same while sending newsletter..
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In outlook 2007/2010....Word renders html and has very limited support for CSS, no flash support either.

So in Outlook your html will look the same as the image you posted, however other email clients that use a browser to render will display as you see it in Thunderbird

The way you may be able to resolve is to create the page in just html or for full compatibility with Outlook design it in Word and save as html and it will look the same in outlook...yeah I know it sucks

No idea why the ID10T office development team at MS think this is better!!!!!
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http://www.campaignmonitor.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=1570
spacer images, 90% width tables (gulp) or paragraphs should work.
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