Yeah unfortunately you can't nest VML. So on backgrounds that padding + border button is probably the best option for a more clickable button option.
Depending on your button design, you may have to do a bit of extra work on the Outlook side of things for it.
There is alternative method at the base of this blog.... Don't take the code from the email build..., scroll to the bottom of the blog and look at that...
Similar to this method, but far less code, works well in DPI too.
I think as I always do with something like interaction, or progressive enhancements, animations etc....., I get buy in by gathering all the data I can, building a prototype/demostration, and literally showing it to them.
I like to think talk about benefits from the point of view of the user.... and the idea that a more engaged subscriber will respond more.
Simple formula. Build it, and they will come.
Looks like it's probably something in the surrounding code as this works for me, when I put your code inside here..... (I haven't changed yours)
<center style="width:100% !important; height:100% !important; background-repeat:repeat !important; background-position:top; background-color:#2c2a29; table-layout:fixed !important; text-size-adjust:none !important; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; -ms-text-size-adjust:100%;"> <!--[if (gte mso 9)|(IE)]> <table width="600" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" role="presentation" style="width:600px"> <tr> <td width="600" valign="top" bgcolor="#2c2a29" > <![endif]--> <div role="document" style="min-width:300px; max-width:600px; background-color:#2c2a29;"> <table width="100%" align="center" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" role="presentation" style="max-width:600px;"> <!-- //YOUR CODE IN HERE --> </table> </div> <!--[if (gte mso 9)|(IE)]> </td> </tr> </table> <![endif]--> </center>
I had hardly any experience of public speaking or doing a proposal for such a thing, nor did I expect to get in.... I thought i'd submit, and show willing, and do some other events, and prepare something bigger for 2017 and hopefully i'll make that one.
I did have a rough idea of the topic area and loads of notes/ideas. (Too many) - I think it's fine to be at this stage of your plans, but start to narrow things down after you've submit.
Show how passionate you are about the subject within your video and why it's relevant, show you know your stuff as the stuff you're confident about comes across stronger, but think strongly about the key takeaways, and the sort of things the audience will get from the talk... as that is what is important.
When I did my video, I had a camera and lighting and all sorts, made sections (as I didn't prepare enough) and edited it all together afterwards - with help from colleagues. That was a bit OTT and not necessary.
Think about what you want to say, Topic, name, what, why, key points, key takeways and film it on your phone, or laptop etc.... (you can get a little phone tripod for nothing... in fact buy this and you get the tripod and also a stickbot so you can learn how to do stop-frame animation with your phone. BONUS GEEK STUFF! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toy-Shed-Stikbot-DLX-Figure/dp/B00V0363ZW)
This year I'll be using that approach.
If you're having doubts because you're concerned about public speaking - don't be. Just submit and go with it.
I was quite stressed and terrified, but then once I was at the conference I realised it's all email geeks, and the audience were on my side, and afterwards I had a lot of people tell me how helpful it was.
It gave me the confidence to do more talks, and I think (and hope) I've got better at it.
OH! and proof read your stuff... you'll probably realise from this post and my blogs that I have a habit of not doing so.... ;-)
Hope that helps.
Extra DIV on VML backgrounds to combat 2013 extra spacing.
<div style="font-size: 0; line-height: 0px; mso-line-height-rule: exactly;">
Ah yeah, cheers Jason.
Was just looking to see what's happening to my code in the inbox itself, without trying decipher what's happening after i forward it etc..