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I am designing an email page, it has been designed in Photoshop and built in Dreamweaver.
I want a square in this email within which a few images swap around.
I know i can have the image swap on rollover, but I want the images to swap every so often by themselves.
(dont really want to use gifs or flash).
Thanks for any help.
As far as I know, the three ways you mentioned to do image swapping ( flash/gif/dhtml ) are the only ones available.
I would suggest (and you may not like this!) that you stick to text and small graphics - that way you can be sure that the majority of people will see the message your mail is trying to get through. Users who disallow images (like me!) will still see the text, although the broken link symbol is a big put off.
The most important question you need answered is not "how to do it," but "will they see it?" Many people simply do not accept html email unless they choose it as an option for an opt-in list. Security issues and the huge amount of spammers using the technique have had negative impact.
Depending on your targeted audience, you may have much better results by sending a text message with a link to your html page.
Once again, welcome to Webmanster World.
IMHO you should create 2 versions of your email; an HTMl version(minus the script) and a text version.
that is all.
-OMP (yeah, you know me!)
None of my clients use HTML email (I've talked them out of it in several cases), but if we did wade into to those waters, this would be the first test.
AH, there's that magic word, "test". Before committing to any email program I would test the effectiveness of plain text vs. minimal formatting vs. "full tilt HTML" to see which was better at converting or drawing the click.
Everyone's market is different, and why guess when you can test!
But personally an effective simple email does not have to be plain text. I always stop to look at an html email. Yes if I am waiting for a specific email I do read a text email, but if someone wants to gain my attention about a random offer, it has to be html or I am not stopping.
At the end of the day if your a good designer or a company that can invest in a good designer who also knows the basics of usable html pages, then your on to a winner.
Let a bit of colour into your lives and maybe you'll enjoy 9 to 5.
(and no I dont know a OMP or whatever it was)
Maybe you didn't understand what I was saying in my previous post. MANY PEOPLE do not have the facilities to view HTML based e-mail. If your target audience has HTML based e-mail, good - if they don't your going to run into trouble.
If I receive any e-mails with a layout/picture that is HTML based - I automatically delete them because experience tells me they are ADS. And just like when a telemarketer calls - I hang up OR when i go to a website that has pop-ups i close the windows without looking. IHMO, e-mail is MEANT to be simple.
But what ever works for you, k? :)