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PHPMailer not showing HTML properly in gmail and outlook? why?

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Hi guys

I am send a HTML formatted email. but when i receive in gmail it doesnt show any html. not even the IMG.

when receiving in outlook it shows the IMG but doesnt process the styles.

when receiving on LIVE.com it shows as it should.

What am i doing wrong here.
function sendEmail($UserId,$content,$headLine="Message From DateFeast"){
    global $smtpServer;
    $select = "SELECT Email FROM Users WHERE UserId=$UserId LIMIT 1";
    $rs = mysql_query($select);
    $row = mysql_fetch_array($rs);
    $Email = $row['Email'];

    $str = "
        <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC '-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN' 'http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd'>
        <html xmlns='http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml'>
        <head>
        <meta http-equiv='Content-Type' content='text/html; charset=iso-8859-1'/>
        <style type='text/css'>
        *{font-family:Arial;font-size:8pt;}    
        body{background-color:#211c19;margin:0;}
        .mainTable{min-width:600px;border:1px solid black;}
        .top{text-align:left;float:left;width:auto;height:77px;border-bottom:3px solid #dfca91;background-color:#490105;vertical-align:top;font-size:8pt;padding-right:14px;overflow:hidden;}
        .middle{width:100%;	background-repeat:no-repeat;	background-position:0px -1px;background-color:#3c312d;vertical-align:top;}
        .middleContainer{padding-left:5px;padding-right:5px;	}
        .bottom{border-top:3px solid #dfca91;background-color:#490105;height:55px;}
        .ContainerDiv{vertical-align:top;}
        .ContainerDivHolder{z-index:1;position:relative;top:-44px;vertical-align:top;padding-left:16px;}
        .ContainerImage{position:relative;left:0px;z-index:2;}
        .ContainerGraphic{vertical-align:top;border:1px solid #84713e;overflow:hidden;}
        .ContainerTop{vertical-align:top;height:31px;width:100%;background-color:#3c0105;}
        .ContainerTopText{text-align:left;font-weight:bold;color:#fadf9a;padding-top:6px;padding-left:40px;}
        .ContainerContent{background-color:#c4af78;height:100%;}
        </style>
        </head>
        <body>
        <center>
        <table cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' border='0' class='mainTable'>
	        <tr><td class='top'><div style='padding-left:20px;padding-top:5px;text-align:left;'><img src='http://www.mydomain.com/images/myimage.png'></div></td></tr>
            <tr><td class='middle'>
            <div style='padding:10px;'>
                <div class='ContainerGraphic' style='width:100%;'>
				    <div class='ContainerTop'><div class='ContainerTopText' style='padding-left:5px;'>".$headLine."</div></div>
				    <div class='ContainerContent' id='Div1' style='padding:5px;padding-top:10px;overflow:hidden;' >
                    ".$content."
                    <br><br>
                    </div>
                </div>
            </div>
            
            </td></tr>
            <tr><td class='bottom'>&nbsp;</td></tr>
        </table>
        </center>
        </body>
        </html>
    ";

    
    $mail = new PHPMailer();
    $mail->IsHTML(true); 
	$mail->From     = "noreply@mydomain.com";
	$mail->FromName = "MyDomain Email";
    $mail->Host     = $smtpServer;
    $mail->Mailer   = "smtp";
	$mail->Body    = $str;
	$mail->AltBody = $str;
	$mail->Subject = "MyDomain Email";
    $mail->AddAddress($Email, '');
    $mail->AddAddress('MyDomain@gmail.com', '');

    if(!$mail->Send()){
		$mail->ClearAddresses();
	    $mail->ClearAttachments();
        return false;
	}else{
		$mail->ClearAddresses();
	    $mail->ClearAttachments();
        return true;
    }
	die();

}

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Because they don't support all of what you are doing.  Look here: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/css/  Gmail strips your 'style' sections and ignores them.  Outlook can be kind of crippled with HTML.  Email clients are not web browsers and those that use the web browser like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail, rewrite your code to prevent their pages from breaking.
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so is there a place where you can see the tags that are allowed?
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sorry, checked the link. thankss
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