is this a valid entry in a properties file

I get the following exception for my entry in the properties file

java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: can't parse argument number text-decoration: none;color: "#1D5F9F";
 at java.text.MessageFormat.makeFormat(
 at java.text.MessageFormat.applyPattern(
 at java.text.MessageFormat.<init>(

Any help is appreciated,
<style media="screen" type="text/css">\
a {\
    text-decoration: none;\
    color: "#1D5F9F";\
a:hover {\
    text-decoration: underline;\

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I think it should be :
 {text-decoration: none; color: #1D5F9F;}
try escaping the =
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bent27Author Commented:
Yes, I just put it as a static string in my java class and did a parameter substitution where I needed to insert it!!

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why not just escape the equals?
bent27Author Commented:
I tried, it didnt seem to work!
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