Sunday, April 27, 2008

HTML, Day Three: It Works (Everywhere But Yahoo)

I have a newsletter (mostly)! It's lovely! No urges to break out salsa, no crunchy Trademark bits, pictures and links work, and it looks lovely. It's hand-coded, even!

Yahoo, however, and their stinking ads....


So now I have to decide how to distribute my lovely newsletter; an entirely different kettle of fish, I assure you.

So, on a whim, I created a Google Group. I customized (mostly... there's always a mostly it seems) the look and feel. I mailed out the newsletter...

...and got a notice that the file had been uploaded. Click here to view.

Hmm. The question of the day is:

a) Do I chuck it all and do a newsletter in PDF, uploading it to my Yahoo! Group, where you can go view it at your pleasure?

b) Do I do the HTML Yahoo!Group newsletter, where it's delivered to your inbox but looks meh (to view the loveliness, you'd still have to go to the group)?


c) Google groups. All you get in your inbox is a notice that it's been uploaded. No big graphics in your inbox as the plus side, but no preview of the newsletter (sort of like option one, but through Google, and you don't need Adobe Reader to view the newsletter).

No matter how you slice it, the only one that delivers any graphics at all to your inbox is the second option. But I've gotten HTML newsletters sent through yahoo, and that graphic off to the right, that cuts into header and text? Distracting. Doable, since you can go to the group to view it, but... distracting.

Which do you prefer?


Coralie said...

Keep up the good work.

Dana Marie Bell said...

Thanks, Coralie. I'm trying, and it looks like Yahoo was my best option after all. =)

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