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HTML in Third Generation Editor

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Jared_M
CTCT Employee

Hello everyone,

 

Currently, in our Third Generation Editor we do not allow access to edit the HTML and have no immediate plans to do so. We want to provide our customers with the abilities to be able to use a user-friendly interface instead of having to rely on a code view to get their desired results. With all the feedback we have been collecting we are planning on making improvements to padding and adding some line spacing elements in the UI. I know this doesn’t solve all use cases, such as adding tables, but we will continue to make strides towards improving the editor.

 

I understand allowing HTML would increase the ability for more control of your content but it can also have a negative impact on your newsletter’s display in email clients.  If we provide access to HTML for every block, changing some of the default styles or content could break display when sent to an email client. Also being able to manually adjust width could have a negative effect. We have a team of amazing engineers constantly testing our templates in all email clients, so you can be certain your email displays consistently across the board. With that in mind, we want to make sure we make it easy to provide the best look and feel not only on the desktop but on mobile. With a majority of opens now leaning towards mobile over desktop we take that as a priority.

 

Please continue to let us know your thoughts on HTML and what exactly you're trying to do so even if we don't have HTML access we will be able to give you the tools to get your desired outcome.

 

Thanks,


CTCT Employee

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

@ErieBar,


Thank you for providing the features that you would like for the new editor. I have passed the feedback along to the appropriate teams! We do not have an estimated date at this time, but if it is implemented we will make sure that you are notified. Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

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Established Member

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

How do I get back to the 2nd generation editor where I have the ability to edit the html. It is not acceptable to have that functionality removed.

CTCT Employee

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

Hi @CherylP70,

 

Thank you for reaching out about having the ability to access the HTML in your email campaigns. We apologize for any frustrations and have returned your account to our older editor. In addition, we are collecting feedback on the reasons why this would be necessary. Knowing more specifics would greatly assist our product teams in creating the best possible user experience. Just let us know so we can forward your feedback as well. Thanks!

 


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Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

Thanks for the response - I need to be able to look at the html sometimes -- for example where the lines spaces are not how I want them to be. With the 3rd gen editor the flexibility of the app is diminished in my opinion. I am not suggesting that everyone needs to see the html but it is good to have the option, especially where the text does not render how the user wants it to.

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CTCT Employee

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

Hi @CherylP70,

 

Thanks so much for letting us know your main concern with accessing the HTML is to adjust the line spacing. We definitely understand how important this is, and your feedback has been submitted!

 


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Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

I see you guys are really resisting adding an HTML edit feature in the 3rd gen editor. The new editor is great, definitely easier to use and I'm sure it meets the needs of a vast majority of your user base. However editing HTML is definitely useful for power users. I can't see the downside although I'm sure you have your reasons.

 

Anyway just pitching in about a couple of things I would've already done in HTML in my first email using the new editor:

- Change column horizontal spacing/padding

- Make a block with a background image and text on top of it. 

- Set general styles in CSS for the whole email so that I don't have to copy or restyle every single header/button/etc.

 

Thanks!

CTCT Employee

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

Hi @EthanF9

 

Thank you for reaching out to the Constant Contact Community. I hope you are having a good weekend.

 

I have added your request for access to HTML to our team, I also gave each of the reasons you mentioned. Thank you for providing this to us.

 

Please feel free to reach out if you need anything else! 


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Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

How will I get M dashes without html feature? That's the only way.

All Star

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

Because you don't offer M dashes and you have to code that in. That's one reason. Sometimes you need to look at code to see why something's not working.

 

What would be the danger of offering us code?

CTCT Employee

Re: HTML in Third Generation Editor

Hello @LindaB679,

 

I'm sorry the current lack of this feature is such a major concern, but I'll be happy to help you find some ways to get the look you're wanting.  On a full-width keyboard you can hold the 'alt' key and then press 0151 on the keypad along the right of your keyboard.  That generates an em dash ( — ) on most computers.  Alternately, you should be able to find a place online or on your computer where you have that symbol, and be able to copy-paste it, you can even use the one I create above through the keyboard alt-keys.  Please note that not all devices will display that character properly, so you may notice some discrepancies when viewing the actual sent email, depending on the device and program you're viewing it on.  I'll definitely make sure this symbol is on the list of requests for our design team to add to the system for you!


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