Wednesday 26 June 2002

Accessibility tip 07: Use color safely

In today’s accessibility tip Mark Pilgrim focuses on the color of link text. I wasn’t sure that my (not particularly bright) blue active links and my gray visited links contrasted sufficiently with the white page background. When I checked my site with VisCheck however, the links were easy to discern as was the difference between them. I’ve also chosen to leave my links underlined rather than making them bold or italic (which I prefer to reserve for emphasizing words or for book or movie titles). On my site underlining always means a hypertext link.

<edited>Well, as you can see, Professor Salo’s opinion that “underlined links are just plain ugly” persuaded me to abandon that practice. Now bolded blue text always means a hypertext link and I promise not to use underlining at all.</edited>

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