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Clickable image on Email Signature

Posted on 2015-01-14
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We've designed an html email signature for our employees to use in their emails. This signature contains a .gif image and i've designated some clickable areas within the image to provide links to our website, facebook and twitter.

My problem is that whereas the clickable links work fine within a new message as it is being composed, when the email is sent and opened by a recipient, the clickable areas are not working. I've tried sending to Outlook recipients, and also to my hotmail account with the same result.

Here is a simplified version of my html:

<html>
<body>
<img src="http://www.ourdomain.com/Signatures/EmailSignature.gif" usemap="ImageMap"/>
<map name="ImageMap">
  <area shape="Circle" coords="531,208,53" href="http://www.ourdomain.com"/>
  <area shape="Rect" coords="17,282,57,324" href=" https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our Company" />
  <area shape="Rect" coords="68,282,111,320" href="https://twitter.com/@OurCompany" />
</map>
</body>
</html>

Or is someone going to tell me that Outlook cannot send an email with clickable areas in the signature?
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Question by:TownTalk
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by:Trenton Knew
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I could tell you that I seriously doubt outlook is sophisticated enough to use "imagemap" in HTML.  Your best bet for what you are trying to accomplish is to use zero margin tiled images.
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Trenton Knew earned 500 total points
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apparently, I don't know what I'm talking about...
https://www.campaignmonitor.com/blog/post/3475/image-maps-in-html-email/
My apologies for speaking without being fully informed.

I still think that slicing the image into chunks is a better solution for the MOST compatibility though
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by:JEaston
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This is a bit of a long shot, and I have never tried it but...

Outlook stores your signatures in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Signatures

If you open this folder you will find text, RTF and HTML versions.  You could edit the HTML version to include your image map.  I suggest you send a test e-mail to see if it works or not.

Be warned though, even it this does work if you even edit it again in the signature panel it may loose your changes.
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by:TownTalk
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Yes. Thanks for that. We're going to split the image into chunks.
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