I love this use case. Thank you for sharing. This is also one of many reasons to never embed text into images, as well as a reminder to add the lang attribute to the document.
An equally important question, is why is the client asking?
The first rule of ARIA is don’t use ARIA – use the semantic element and role.
What is the element that needs a label?
The first question should be why, not how. Please consider the value to the user over the value to the business. A countdown timer is designed to use the psychological principle and persuasion tactic of limited duration. This is very triggering for people with anxiety disorders and creates anxiety for people who don’t. It even triggers PTSD for those that deal with timers in emergency scenarios. Try a gentle reminder with positive language first.
Sure. Simply use the ! not condition.
<! -- [if !mso]><!-- --> your non outlook image here <![endif] --> <! -- [if gte mso 9]> your outlook alternate image here <![endif] -->
There are tons of discussions on this here in the community, plus tons of articles like this:
<!--[if gte mso 9]>
your outlook alternate image here
Beware of the double download. Many email clients will download both images, even though you are hiding one and showing another.
While methods described here will work, it is important to consider why you would do this. Links have states: default/link; focus; hover; active; and visited. Each should have appropriate and accessible affordances (plural). Removing an underline from a link is like removing a door handle from a door. If you replace the underline with some other display properties, please ensure that you use more than one and that they are clearly differentiated from surrounding text. Then, test.
It is possible to solve for conversion-centered design tactics and human-centered needs and preferences at the same time.
Fortunately, we have plenty of data that suggests by solving the human problems, you will better support the business ones. These things do not have to be at odds.
The best part of Jason’s article is: “Always test and reflect on your campaigns to find what works best.” Just be sure that testing includes people with a range of abilities in a range of contexts.