Confirmed that <a href="#" style="pointer-events:none;"> works to remove the download icon and to disable the hyperlink! Thanks for the answers.
For our audience we use 16-18px for body text in desktop, and 14-16px in mobile. It's also critical to have good contrast between the font and the background. This works for our audience, but if you have an older user base you might want to go with larger fonts.
We also use line-height that is always about 6px larger -- ex. 14px would have line-height 20px
Kind of clunky, but probably fairly easy to implement -- for the desktop version, could you hide the mobile full-column blue box and for the mobile version cause it to appear while hiding the desktop middle column blue box. It would mean coding stuff twice which I don't love, but it could be a quick fix while you figure out a better longer term solution...
We send newsletters in 9 languages -- we load our email content as a text file to Transifex (https://www.transifex.com/). It takes about 24 hours for the languages to be completed. I have a template set up in our database that pulls in different variable fields in a catalog or extension table based on the subscribers
language field (we store this as 2-letter codes). So when the translation is complete, all I have to do is upload the finished file to the catalog and map the content to the correct fields, so the variables can automatically populate the correct content, images, template variables, links etc. for each language. I have been able to do similar set ups of content tables and variables in multiple systems -- Responsys (content tables, functions), ExactTarget (data extensions, AmpScript) and now Selligent (product catalogs, tokens). Hope this helps.
We use YYYYMMDD_MailingName_Type_SendingGroup_Audience_Language_
MailingName = short descriptive name
Type = promotion, survey, announcement, etc.
SendingGroup = internal team that requested the email (could also be a client)
Audience = who this is going to (business, education, country, etc.)
Language = 2-letter code of the language of the email
So in practice: 2016-6_Data-Concepts-Reimagined_Webinar_Content_business_en_
We also created a Google doc to help us stay consistent, we use it validate different fields we wanted to stay uniform (for example, the Type or SendingGroup fields) as well as preform the concatenation with _ for us. Also is a valuable resource when someone asks you "how many promotions did we send in 2015".
Hope this helps,