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Hello Experts - I've been asked to setup an html footer for outbound emails which uses HTML.  There are three links to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn which we'd like to replace with icons representing the site rather than the URL text.  So instead of seeing this:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/company/27200207295227/

we would just see the Facebook icon.

Can anyone assist in the correct syntax?
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Eoin OSullivan earned 2000 total points
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There are several variables .. the email program you're using, the source of the images i.e. are they embedded in the email or linked from a central server as links etc.

There are websites that can quickly help you generate a HTML signature
http://htmlsig.com/
http://www.companysig.com/

What email program are you using?
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Its a Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall V300 which adds a simple footer to outbound emails.  I don't see a way on any of those sites to create the HTML code that will create a clickable icon for the three sites I want to link to.  I can grab images from google but I don't know how to embed them in the outbound signature either.
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That first link has a GET CODE button which shows the HTML code behind the signature you see.  If you understand basic HTML you can work out how to extract just the social links.

Once you start embedding image links in signatures (to images that are stored on external websites) remember that most users will no see them by default in their email client .. they will see a box or placeholder and have to "ALLOW IMAGES" for the icons to appear.
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I definitely don't understand basic HTML. Can you provide an example of what the syntax would look like if I wanted to do this?
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Ah, I see it now.  The first link should do the trick, I'll give it a try now.  Thanks!
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There's a lot of different ways to do it ...

The minimum is an image link wrapped with an anchor tag linking to a website

<a href="http://facebook.com"><img src="http://URL_to_facebook_icon" alt="Facebook" /></a>

After that the sky is the limit in terms of styling & layouts
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