Hello, I don't know if this is the proper area to post this, but there doesn't seem to be an email coding section.

Anyone who codes html emails is aware of the problems in making the message appear consistent in all possible email clients, browsers, etc., so I code to the lowest common denominator and use tables--sometimes embedded tables--and very little, if any, CSS. Before the deployment of IE8--everything worked well, but an annoying problem has popped up that only appears in GMAIL and HOTMAIL and ONLY in IE8--the problem does not appear in IE7, nor SAFARI or FIREFOX.

When using the html command


anywhere in the code, the centering command cascades throughout the layout anywhere below the centering command. So an align command on the <table> tag will also center all text below the command. There does not appear to be any wasy to override this--not a css text-align command, nor an original html align command on subsequent tables or cells.

Has anybody experienced this before?

Yes. Just put a align="left" in every td tag you want to be left justified

<table width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0">
<td width="25%"></td>
<td width="50%" style="padding-left:5px;">
    <!-- your mailer code start here with fixed width for center alignment in IE gmail and hotmail-->
<td width="24%"></td>
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