Bulletproof Email Background Images: Fact or Fiction? | In The Box: MailerMailer Email Marketing Blog

http://blog.mailermailer.com/email-design/bulletproof-email-background-images-fact-or-fiction   Back in 2011, I tested background image support in a variety of email clients. My testing revealed that background images can be easily added to the body of an email. However, at the table cell level, background images remained buggy in Outlook 2007 and 2010 — even with the use of Ros Hodgekiss' VML hack. Earlier this year, Hodgekiss announced a bulletproof solution for email background images, courtesy of Stig's lab. This solution harnesses VML to generate code for both email body and email table cell background images. Sound too good to be true? Well, that's what I set out to determine.

Setting The Stage

Like before, all tests were conducted using Litmus. Target email clients included the following:
  • Android
  • AOL Mail
  • Apple Mail
  • Gmail
  • iPad Mail
  • iPhone Mail
  • Lotus Notes 8
  • Outlook 2000
  • Outlook 2002/XP
  • Outlook 2003
  • Outlook 2007
  • Outlook 2010
  • Outlook 2011
  • Outlook 2013
  • Yahoo! Mail
According to Stig's lab, the bulletproof background images should work in all of these, as well as Outlook.com (the web version) which is not offered by Litmus yet. To generate Stig's bulletproof code, you simply paste in the URL to your background image, indicate a fallback color, and choose to apply the image to the full email body or single table cell. If you choose the single table cell, you must enter the dimensions of the table cell, or indicate that the dimensions are dynamic. The generated code will appear to the right, with instructions on where to insert it within your HTML. If you plan to copy over your own lines of HTML, be sure to transfer any inline styles to the new code. bulletproof-background-images-small

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