Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Link colors

Author:Steve Bogart
Posted:7/4/1999; 9:03:07 PM
Topic:Link colors
Msg #:8180 (In response to 8179)
Prev/Next:8179 / 8181

(obligatory bow in the direction of Jakob Nielsen)

from (the original Top Ten mistakes in Web Design):

8. Non-Standard Link Colors

Links to pages that have not been seen by the user are blue; links to previously seen pages are purple or red. Don't mess with these colors since the ability to understand what links have been followed is one of the few navigational aides that is standard in most web browsers. Consistency is key to teaching users what the link colors mean.

Also, I read somewhere (I forget where) that if you *are* going to change them, at least make the UNvisited ones brighter and the visited ones duller. The new link colors are the opposite.

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