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Joe P

Personally I agree with Lewis’ points. We only use styles to embellish a design/build that already works to our lowest common denominator which is “Outlook for Web” (browser access to outlook mail) since this “client” disables all styles completely. (There was a time when hotmail did this, changing all “style” tags to “xtyle” but they’ve changed this now). Outlook for Web may be rarely used, but barring a few extra rules (eg display:block for hotmail images, font tag round links for gmail etc), using this as our base testbed has meant our emails currently look right in all clients we have tested so far (more or less those covered by CM’s tester and LitmusApp etc)

Adrian, if you want to fix your underline/colours use this method

<font face=“Arial” size=“2” color=”#FFFFFF”>
At the end of this white text there is a
<a href=“” target=”_blank” style=“text-decoration:underline; color:#009900”>
<font face=“Arial” size=“2” color=”#009900”>
<u>green link to google</u>

This also works for styling your alt tags for gmail for the no-images default view.