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Guidelines on the display of links

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Nielsen published the second part to his guidelines on the display of links followed by a great wrap-up by Andrei Herasimchuk, Didier Hilhorst, Cameron Moll, Greg Storey, and D. Keith Robinson at Design By Fire.

Andrei also posted a ‘in plain english’ version of Nielsen’s article.

Summary:
1.Use strong, contrasting colors with some form of underline.
2.Use different shades of the primary link color for visited links.
3.Use bold or italics for emphasis with text that’s not a link.
4.Reserve primary link color for links only.
5.Keep hover effects simple.
6.Use [title] to help predict where a link will lead.
7.Use large font sizes for primary links.
8.Provide an ample amount of text and whitespace for links.

Written by anol

May 22nd, 2004 at 3:47 am

Posted in Information Design

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