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Chapter 11. Creating Links > Affecting the Appearance of Links

11.4. Affecting the Appearance of Links

As we all know by now, linked text is blue and underlined by default and graphics are identified by blue borders (unless you turn them off). But it doesn't have to be that way. Changing the color of links is easy with HTML, so you can make your links more coordinated with your chosen site palette. Style sheets offer even more control over the appearance of links.

You should exercise some caution in changing link appearance. The blue text and underlines have become a strong visual clue for "click here," so altering this formula may confuse your users. Use your knowledge of the savvy of your target audience to guide your design decisions. In general, as long as the link colors are consistent throughout a site and noticeably different from the default text style, changing the color is not a problem for the usability of the site.


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