i thought i might add this option if anyone here has a solution that would follow this method. After spending the past hour on the phone with MS tech support, it is about the best option i can come up with. To make it as "FOOL" -proof as possible, it needs to be an HTML template that would allow only the "text" fields to be edited. Such a thing probably exists, most likely one could be created in excel if nowhere else, but i am hoping that there is a simpler method. (though i admit nothing else i can think of has the ability to protect the content of fields in that manner)
Does such a tool exist that would allow creation of an HTML template where all the coding could be locked and leave only specific text fields editable? If so, i could create the entire template including the link to the hi-def web-hosted logo so there is no chance of them getting anything but that one. This would also solve the problem of color, font size, and logo placement position as everyone would be the same except for the text fields to make ti specific to their own email account. Just fill in the blanks and click to generate the complete HTML code to be pasted into the Outlook Signature box.
This is essentially the same thing as these web services are offering except they only have a limited choice of layouts and I have already built the HTML for the exact layout we have to use. Changing it is not an option. Surely there is a way to handle this with some kind of pre-constructed template? Something where the coding itself is locked and cannot be edited but the final result is a workable HTML file?