Link colors appearing as plain text (Outlook 2007)

We use our own newsletter template tool to craft our emails so the code is quite long. When the email comes through to OL07 the links appear as plain text. They're still clickable but not noticeable. There is a section near the bottom where the links seem to be taking on the default hyperlink blue and not the style sheet link color. The only difference in this area from the other that I can see would be the <p> with the class of MSONormal.

I've tried the following to troubleshoot this issue:
• Removed the style sheet. (no success)
• Removed the style sheet and the <body> style definitions. (no success)
• Removed everything but the table that houses the newsletter content. (no success)
• Wrapped content in a MSONormal class (my desperate attempt to recreate the footer links working.) (no success)
• Created and sent a message that housed a link in a single celled table. I slowly built in inline styles, one by one. (links came in as default hyperlink blue. I couldn't recreate links appearing as plain text.)

Any help would be appreciated. Below is a screen shot and the code associated with this issue.

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<td align="right" valign="top" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9px; font-weight: bold;"><a href="">Search Back Issues</a> <span style="font-weight: normal;">|</span> <a href="">Print-Friendly Newsletter</a></td></tr></table><br><br>
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<p>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to make their proposed regulations for implementation of the federal government's menu labeling provision (passed into law in March 2010) publicly available today. The publication of these proposed regulations is the next step forward to provide the industry with consistent, national requirements on implementing the new uniform nutrition information standard.<br>
<br>The law requires restaurants with twenty or more locations operating under the same brand name to provide calories to consumers via menus and additional nutrition information upon request. To implement this, the FDA is proposing detailed rules for restaurants on how to present calories on menus, menu boards and drive-thru boards, as well as how to present and provide the additional nutrition information to consumers. <br>
<br>We anticipate that, after a full review of the FDA proposal, we will have questions and suggestions for revision. We will offer you opportunities to provide input and share your concerns with us as we put together our comments and the data to support our formal response to the FDA. We have 60 days to prepare and submit that response.<br>
<br>We strongly supported and advocated for this law that will provide consumers with uniform and consistent nutrition information in hundreds of thousands of restaurant locations nationwide. We will do everything in our power to try and secure a smooth implementation for both consumers and our industry. <br>
<br>Naturally, we will continue to keep you informed on this critical issue.<br>
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<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>Driven by improving same-store sales and customer traffic levels as well as growing optimism among restaurant operators, the outlook for the restaurant industry improved in February</strong>. The Association&#8217;s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) &#8211; a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry &#8211; stood at 100.7 in February, up 0.4 percent from its January level. In addition, February represented the fifth time
in the last six months that the RPI stood above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators. <br>
<br>&gt;&gt; <strong>Bolstered by an improving sales outlook, restaurant operators&#8217; plans for capital spending rose to its highest level in 40 months</strong>.&nbsp; Fifty-two percent of restaurant operators plan to make a capital expenditure for equipment, expansion or remodeling in the next six months, up from 48 percent who reported similarly last month. &nbsp;<br>
<br>&gt;&gt; <strong>Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Congressmen Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richie Neal (D-Mass.) introduced bills this week to champion a permanent 15-year tax depreciation schedule</strong> for restaurant new construction and improvements, along with retail improvements and leasehold improvements. Restaurateurs attending the NRA's Public Affairs Conference April 13-14 will make a strong drive to solicit more cosponsors for the bills. <a
href="" target="_blank">Read more</a>.</p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>We're looking forward to a well-timed NRA Public Affairs Conference, April 13-14</strong>, <strong>in D.C</strong>. This event gives us a tremendous opportunity to make a difference on some key restaurant issues, including health care reform and swipe-fee reforms. Our event's opening night on April 13 features a gala dinner at the Renaissance Downtown. Attendees will hear from FOX news analyst Tucker Carlson, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas)
and rising 112th Congress star Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), and join in honoring the winners of the 2011 Faces of Diversity and Restaurant Neighbor Awards. On Tuesday, April 14, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) help set the stage for our visits for Capitol Hill. We end the day with a congressional reception at the acclaimed Art & Soul Restaurant, with the first hour set aside just for Public Affairs Conference attendees and members of Congress. Details are available <a
href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p>
<p>NOTE: for restaurateurs who stay overnight Thursday evening, we're sponsoring a special Tax Day Breakfast Friday, April 15, where leading Capitol Hill and Administration staff will walk through what restaurants can expect on tax bills this year and overall tax reform in the future. Please RSVP for the breakfast to <a href="">David Koenig</a>.</p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>In late May, 2010, important legislation was passed in Illinois providing for reforms related to the union work rules &#8211; ultimately providing for greater exhibitor rights within McCormick Place. Implementation of the legislation began in August 2010 and is set to be in place for our upcoming NRA Show.</strong> <strong>On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the National Labor Relations Act prohibits states from passing laws that hinder collective bargaining.
</strong>His decision came after two unions last year filed lawsuits that challenged the reforms, which give convention exhibitors broader rights, such as catering their own food during shows and setting up and dismantling their own booths. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority which oversees McCormick Place, says it plans to appeal. At this time, we are unsure the effect this decision will have on the NRA Show exhibitors this May. You may read the <a
href="" target="_blank">Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority statement</a> online.</p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>Michigan restaurateur and member Larry Schuler, Schu's Hospitality Group LLC, delivered strong testimony Wednesday on behalf of the NRA</strong> before the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health.<strong> </strong>He painted a vivid picture for lawmakers of how the health care reform law is already affecting restaurants, including influencing their decisions to grow. He asked Congress to act swiftly to fundamentally reform the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. <a href="" target="_blank">Read more</a>. </p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>More than 75 U.S. lawmakers -- at least 16 Senators and 59 House members -- are now supporting bills (S. 575 and H.R. 1081) to delay debit-card swipe fee reforms</strong>, but the bills aren't going anywhere without a strong fight from the NRA, other merchants and leading champions in Congress. Senator John Tester (D-Mont.) is expected to push for a Senate vote soon on his measure to delay debit-card-fee reforms by two years, but Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who authored last
summer's amendment that established the reforms, is pushing back hard. The NRA is working closely with SRAs in 26 target states to ensure key lawmakers keep reforms on track. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Board says it will miss its April 21 deadline for publishing final rules to ensure debit-card swipe fees are &quot;reasonable and proportional&quot; to the cost of processing transactions, but still plans to put new rules into effect by July 21, as Congress directed in the Durbin
<br>&gt;&gt; <strong>The NRA's Conserve program was in New York City and Atlanta recently to talk waste-diversion, recycling and composting</strong> with leaders in those growing efforts. Planning for the first dedicated event on foodservice sustainability moves forward as well. The NRA is a cofounding sponsor of the <a href="">International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium</a>, to be held in Chicago May 24 to 25.<br>
<br>&gt;&gt; <strong>Chicago- and New Orleans-based chef, Rick Tramonto, calls on all chefs and other culinary professionals to post their favorite culinary-inspired tattoos in the new <a href="" target="_blank">Kitchen Ink online gallery.</a></strong> The <a href="" target="_blank">National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show</a> encourages the culinary world to show off how food can be a work
of art both on and off the plate. While all chefs are dedicated to their craft, some have taken the extra step to celebrate their passion for food in a very &quot;non-perishable&quot; way. <a href="" target="_blank">Watch Chef Tramonto</a> of the soon-to-open New Orleans restaurant, Restaurant R&#8217;evolution, as he talks about Kitchen Ink and his participation at this year's NRA Show.</p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>Texas&#8217;s Wylie High School and Steve DeShazo, CEC, FMP, Director of Culinary Arts and ProStart educator, recently hosted a wonderful lunch and classroom event for some VIPs in the industry</strong>. Nick Shepherd, President & CEO, Carlson Restaurants/T.G.I. Friday&#8217;s; Doug Brooks, Chairman, CEO and President, Brinker International; Joe Taylor, VP Corporate Affairs, Brinker International and NRA Director; and Bill Hyde, Chairman, Abacus/Jasper&#8217;s Restaurant
Group and Immediate Past Chair of the NRAEF, all met to observe ProStart students as they prepped, set up mise en place, and prepared a special lunch. Witnessing first-hand not only the culinary skills honed in the ProStart classroom, but also students&#8217; management expertise and their professionalism, communications, networking skills, and teamwork, brings home the value of ProStart as nothing else can.<br>
<br>Yvonne Loya, Education Director (TRAEF), Candice Sullinger, Assistant Director (Greater Dallas Restaurant Association) and Cathy Cace, Chairman of the Board (TRAEF) also participated in this very special luncheon.<br>
<br>&gt;&gt; <strong>Our thanks to the American Culinary Foundation (ACF) for hosting the ACF/Ohio ProStart Day on March 23</strong>.&nbsp; More than 50 ProStart students were part of this pilot event, and we are working with ACF to offer additional ProStart days in the future. For this event, students participated in a seminar on building flavors in food, led by two Certified Master Chefs, with a follow-up session led by Chef Will Beriau from Maine featuring Maine lobster prepared many
different ways, including lobster mac & cheese. Chef Beriau told stories of his life in the industry, and gave tips on how to succeed in college and the workplace. The morning was capped with a fabulous luncheon, giving students the opportunity to meet and mingle with the chefs and other industry professionals. The ProStart students left a lasting impression on the ACF chefs, including ACF president Michael Ty.<br>
<br>&gt;&gt; <strong>NRA staff are hosting an April 6, members-only webinar in conjunction with PeopleMatter on using new HR technology.</strong> The webinar will show operators how to streamline their people-management tasks with easy-to-use and accessible tools; screen for service-minded staff; ensure legal compliance during hiring; optimize staffing levels; and create a thriving culture through innovative training, evaluation and rewards.&nbsp; <a
href="" target="_blank">Register online</a> with your member number.</p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>It was great to see Starbucks Chairman & CEO, Howard Schultz, promoting his new book in DC this week. </strong>The book,&quot;Onward,&quot; is about the revitalization of the Starbucks brand. Howard addressed their commitment to offering health care to their employees and the importance of looking beyond short-term share value and running the company in accordance with their founding principles. A book about the importance of the customer experience, social responsibility,
building solid relationships with employees, and sustainability? Sounds like a good read. </p>
<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>NRA EVP of Policy & Government Affairs, Scott DeFife, was recently profiled in <a href="" target="_blank">Advertising Age magazine</a>.</strong> The article discussed NRA's work on top restaurant policy issues, including interchange fees on debit-card swipes and calorie counts on menus.
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<p>&gt;&gt; <strong>Funeral arrangements for Bob Leonard, NRA Director Emeritus, who passed away very unexpectedly two weeks ago have been finalized.</strong> The church service will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Aventura, FL next Friday, April 8th at 10:00 AM, followed by a celebration of Bob's life at the <a href="" target="_blank">Fairmont Turnberry Isle</a>. </p>
<p>DineEquity has set up memorial <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for anyone wishing to share memories of Bob. The entries will be collected and bound into a book for his widow, Tina. If you wish to send condolences directly to Tina, her address is:<br>
<br>Tina Leonard<br>
3201 NE 183rd Street<br>
Unit 2304<br>
Aventura, FL&nbsp; 33160</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">&gt;&gt; <strong>The deadline to register for the April 29-May 1, Foundation Board of Trustees and Committee meetings at the National ProStart Invitational is TODAY, April 1, 2011</strong>. To register for the meetings use the <a href="" target="_blank">online form</a>. Hotel reservations will be made for you at the Overland Park Marriott.<br>
<br xmlns="">&nbsp;&gt;&gt; <strong>The NRA Spring Meeting registration closes April
22.</strong>&nbsp; Go to the <a href="" >board website</a> to register<span class="MsoHyperlink">.</span> Board members will need their board website username and password to access the
registration sites. Contact <a href="" >Debbie Johnson</a> at 202-331-5921 if you are not
able to find your board website username and password.&nbsp;
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fyredefyre fyredefyre, 6 years ago

I'd try add some CSS to the email:

a { color: #000000; text-decoration: underline }

I also noticed that all your existing CSS is commented out - not sure why that is but alas the above code should fix your issues. - Everything Email.
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roshodgekiss roshodgekiss, 6 years ago

Howdy Alex, second to what fyredefyre said, you def need some CSS in there. If the above doesn't entirely cut it, try:

td a:link, a:visited { color: red; } /* just using a color that stands out */

I noticed also that you have p class="msoNormal" on some of your paras - this is causing rendering problems in Outlook '07 as well. Scrub it and all should be well.

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