Background images and background colors (as a backup)

I've designed an email with a dark grey background image to match our website design.  I am aware that some email programs do not recognize background images, so as a safety backup I also included a background color into the code, so that if the email program does not display the image, it will (hopefully) display the color.  However the problem is, when I include both the background color and background image, ALL email clients display the color and ignore the image.  If I remove the background color code, the clients which recognize background images correctly display them, while others leave me with a white background.

Here is a snippet as an example:

<div style="background-color: #404040; background-image: url(''); background-repeat: scroll top left; width: 700px; ">

You'll see that I included the background color as well as the image.

What I would like to happen is this:
For email clients which support it, I would like to display the background image.
For email clients which do not support background images, I would like for them to display the background color.

Is there any way to do this?  What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for your help...

BThies BThies, 8 years ago

Try nesting a table to guarantee your width and easily set the BG color with the background image:

<table width="700" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0"><tr><td bgcolor="#404040">
<div style="background-image: url(''); background-repeat: scroll top left;">&nbsp;</div>

Brian Thies
Professional Email Developer
Thies Publishing

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