Improved HTML support in Gmail?

I just got an HTML newsletter in gmail that looked great with background images and everything. Have they made an improvement finally?

Mathew Mathew, 8 years ago

We haven't seen any reports of this yet - can you give us any more details about the actual email, so we could follow up?

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ballen62, 8 years ago

Sure, it was an email from extensis. It came through almost perfect. Main body was a large gradient image. Only thing that looked like it didn't take was the link color in the main body. Footer CSS links came through fine though. Here is a link to the hosted version of the email.

bdunzer, 8 years ago

Nice to hear that our email made it through okay.


Mathew Mathew, 8 years ago

Thanks. After investigating, it looks like Gmail is supporting (or has started to support) the old school HTML background="" attribute, which is good to know.

On the other hand, Outlook 2007 does not support it, so the email does not look so great for Outlook 07 readers.

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eROIJeff, 8 years ago

At eROI, we try to keep up with the latest trends in email displays.  I'm glad Gmail turned out nice.  We'll look into any problems concerning Outlook 07.

Jeff Kempf, marketing intern at

designwiz01, 8 years ago

I've had good experience with Gmail lately too, thanks to Premailer that cleans up my code nicely.

Shaila Abdullah

Mathew Mathew, 8 years ago

Campaign Monitor has integrated the same functionality from Alex's Premailer actually, so inline styles can automatically be generated for you.

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zapatoche, 8 years ago

I just tried this email but it doesn't display any background image in Gmail for me

jmp909, 8 years ago

you'd need a table background and a body background to achieve that cross-client

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