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AcyMailing plugin incomplete code and bad lay-out in Outlook 2 years 10 months ago #24577

Office 2010 and 2013 in use.
This 'extra line' seems to be introduced about 2005. Office uses Word for display purposes. I found a lot of discussions about this issue. Also with MailChimp users. I tried many suggestions without succes.
The I started with a plain text 'X' in the php. It was correctly displayed in all devices. So I discovered that the link-header should be the problem and I enclosed the link within the header. Problem gone.
I'm rewriting also the 'tagjem_event.php' since this template has the same problem.
I'm also removing <div> code that is removed by Google mail.
I will post my results when tested and ready.

Btw: There is also a strange display problem with 'android'. On some devices (phones) the introtext of the newsletter is extremely small. I used the Build-Bio template copy to start with.

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Last edit: by Hendrik57. Reason: forgotten other display problem discovered

AcyMailing plugin incomplete code and bad lay-out in Outlook 2 years 10 months ago #24586

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Just to note:
The AcyMailing plugin code is NOT incomplete. So the subject is wrong.
Also if a mail client shows messages different as in AcyMailing preview it's mostly a problem of the mail client.
btw: Outlook 2000 shows the mail nearly exactly like preview - maybe 2-3 pixels per event difference.
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AcyMailing plugin incomplete code and bad lay-out in Outlook 2 years 10 months ago #24587

Just for your evaluation I added 2 printscreens to this post.
The first is the preview for sending as shown in joomla.
The second is the actual display in Outlook 2010 and 2013. We did not test older Outlook versions. MS has changed the internal file format, docx now. Perhaps thsi is why you see something else. We tested on multiplemachines with Win 10, Win 8 and Win 7 and Office Pro with Outlook editions 2010 and 2013.
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AcyMailing plugin incomplete code and bad lay-out in Outlook 2 years 9 months ago #24619

As said, I've done quite some work on the Jem plugin for AcyMailing.

I've created a full package that could be installed.

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File Name: plg_tagjem...1-hb.zip
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Most comments are in the readme file, and also some comments in the .php files.

In short:
  • Outlook is a trouble cause. Even when the e-mail is displayed in the browser (the option in Outlook), the formatting is not what is seen in the e-mail. The < p > was not the cause, but width and other tags. I think this is solved.
  • Formattng on various Android devices is also not consistent. I think the result is accepable.
  • Default pic size (160px) is to wide for small screens. I made a var in the .php with 140px. I could not get a % of 30% working. Outlook is the biggest troublemaker. Pic width and cell width could be calculated, but this is not implemented since this varies upon the template settings above.
  • The 'excerpt' option is added. Both excerpt and event show a picture left. In excerpt the summary text of the event is added. There is an option to clean this text from styling tags. One could set allowed tags in the code.
  • Various options could be added to the {}. I've not done that. Think of pic size, clean code, allowed tags, picture left or right, or alternating.
  • I wanted the contact for the event to point to a form, not the default Joomla contact form. That could be an option for JEM.
  • I the original code is the custom 1 field used as a subtitle. This is confusing. I left it as it is for compatibility reasons.

Please have a serious look at my 'update' and inform me about your findings.
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AcyMailing plugin incomplete code and bad lay-out in Outlook 2 years 9 months ago #24627

Has someone had a look at it yet?

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AcyMailing plugin incomplete code and bad lay-out in Outlook 2 years 9 months ago #24628

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me not, because I did not have troubles and I have a lack of time. Sorry.
on JEM 2.3.0 stable in latest Joomla (3.9.19) Protostar php7.4.5

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