Why is my HTML signature coming out strange

As an IT consultant I do a bit of everything.  Several years back a client asked me to code an email signature for him. I’ve revised it several times. This time when he sends it out the type comes grayed out on the emails. The links work, but they’re large also, not crisp underlined blue.  I've changed the customer's actual signature and changed the links to expert's exchange. I'll attach the code and a jpg of how it looks.  
Thanks,
Al    
 signature
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML//EN">
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft&reg; HTML Help Workshop 4.1">
<Title>Signature</Title>
</HEAD>
<BODY>

<b>Experts Exchange</b>
 <A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" > <b>Experts One</b>  </A> 
<br> <br> 


<b> Author: </b> <A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b> The Complete Illustrated History </b></A>   <br> 
 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp  <b>  And </b> 
 
<A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b> Cookbook</b> </A><br><br>

<b> Editor: </b> <A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b>Cookbooks2</b></A>   <br>  <br> 
 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp  &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp 

 
<A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b>Other titles </b> </A><br><br>
</FONT>

</BODY>
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAsked:
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HagayMandelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The code you had submitted, results exactly the desired email (as displayed in the 2nd image), no dashes, and no link colors and bigger fonts!; I can't understand what actually is the problem here!
I guess HTML-Help-Workshop generates this garbage.
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imantasConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Could you please be more specific what the final result should look like? I see that default colors are used for links so it depents on e-mail client in what color will it display the links. Same applies to the text. If you want colors to remain as in the image, you should use styles like:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML//EN">
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft&reg; HTML Help Workshop 4.1">
<Title>Signature</Title>
</HEAD>
<BODY style="color: #101010">

<b>Experts Exchange</b>
 <A style="color: #90a9f0" HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" > <b>Experts One</b>  </A> 
<br> <br> 


<b> Author: </b> <A style="color: #90a9f0" HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b> The Complete Illustrated History </b></A>   <br> 
 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp  <b>  And </b> 
 
<A style="color: #90a9f0" HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b> Cookbook</b> </A><br><br>

<b> Editor: </b> <A style="color: #90a9f0" HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/" >
<b>Cookbooks2</b></A>   <br>  <br> 
 &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp  &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp 

 
<A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/"  style="color: #90a9f0">
<b>Other titles </b> </A><br><br>
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Note the 'style="color: #90a9f0"' part. #90a9f0 looks similar to your blue, though I didn't match them.
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Attaching file for what they should look like.  This is what this html turns out when I display it using HTML-Help-Workshop, which is what I created them with.  The link colors are after you click on them.  Before they will be the standard blue.
signature-example2.jpg
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAuthor Commented:
The first example was how it looks when you send an email with this code.  That's how I don't want it to look. Note the two dashes (--) above where the signature actually starts.  I have no idea where that comes from.  
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Yes, I think that's it.  I just used the Thunderbird html editor to create a signature.  There were some problems with that but eventually I got it looking OK.  I created my web site but I really don't like working with HTML.  I don't do it enough to get good at it.  Do you know of anyone, any sites, that do this sort of stuff as piece work?
Thanks,
Al
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HagayMandelCommented:
Any how modern mail clients, automatically generate the links out of a "http://www......" text, and have the option of direct insertion of links, so if only links is that your'e looking for, why bother?

Thanks for the points!
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