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Recently, Gmail has started behaving like Hotmail/Firefox by adding a margin around images. As you can guess, design and layout breakage ensues:


Based on our tests, this issue is affecting Gmail when viewed in IE7, Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 4.1 (Windows), and Safari 4, Firefox 3.5 (Mac). Thankfully, there’s a simple fix.

The solution

You can fix this issue in all of the above clients by adding img { display: block; } to the <head></head> section of your HTML newsletter code. Campaign Monitor can automatically convert your CSS to inline styles, so once you’ve added this, we’ll do the rest:



Alternately, you can add it directly to your styles like so: <img src="" style="display: block;" />. The result is the same – fixed!


If you or your clients use email templates, this is a good time to give them a check and add img { display: block; } if necessary. You might want to run them through our design and spam tests, just to be certain. By adding this to your styles, you will be hitting two birds with one stone by preventing image rendering glitches in both Hotmail/Firefox and Gmail.

Many thanks to the folks on the forums who wrote in about this. Let us know in the comments below if this has affected you, or you’ve come across a similar quirk elsewhere… And don’t forget to test your campaigns!

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