Hyperlinks indicate that clicking on a piece of text or image will take you to related information.

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link color contrast with non-link text

I have read a lot about color contrast with regard to the text and background color (snook's tool), however is there a similar tool for validating the contrast of linked and non-linked text? There is ...
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Dilemma: How to determine the color for active / unvisited links?

How should you determine the difference between colors of visited vs unvisited links? As an example: I'm working on a theme where link color is purple. I need some suggestion on visited link color ...
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How to resolve lengthy hyperlinks?

When you’re editing content and have links to organizations or frameworks that has many words, the link might exceed an entire row or break a row. These lengthy links look ridiculous and could ...
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How do I indicate that a subset of icons aren't clickable?

I have a row of icons with labels. The first three are clickable and are in fact nav elements for the content area. The last icon isn't clickable... how do I make the lack of clicking affordance ...
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Should same page interactions be underlined with a dashed line?

Should there be a visual distinction between a link and a AJAX like interaction? I quite often see that dashed underlining triggers an action on the same page. Is this a new convention? Would that ...
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Why does stackexchange not underline hyperlinks?

I was just reading up on the the visual affordance of links and why its important to have an affordance that something is a link without requiring the user to hover over it.To quote the MSDN ...
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Web Based Portal Dashboard - the age old button vs link

I'm very aware and in agreement with the buttons for actions and links for navigation practice but I have come stuck on this design. It is an internal company portal, and this is the dashboard for ...
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Navigation & Link Hover State

Note: Please link me if this has been asked, I couldn't find what I was looking for I just had a conversation with my mate who is an Art Director in regards to a website he designed, when it was ...
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Do links need to be blue in business application?

I am currently designing a screen for an internal business application, in this screen is a table that contains a lot of orders, each of these orders have many entities associate with it. - Two ...
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How to show for user that the link is visited?

Is it good practice to make visited links different color from not visited links? Many browsers make visited links violet. Or is it good to remove underline from visited links if not visited is ...
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Use of 'read more' on teaser copy on index pages - is it necessary?

I have noticed that on a lot of news web sites that they no longer tend to use a 'click here' or a 'read more' link at the end of teaser text as a call to action. They tend to rely on the Article ...
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Preventing impossible clicks

I've posted a discussion on MSO with the same title (but the title was changed). It's about disabling elements that can be clicked but lead nowhere. For instance dead links. Currently, the 404 error ...
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How to differentiate users with accounts from guests in a ranking table?

In a game, I have a table with the max points of the players. Some of the users are registered and others are guests (anonymous). The difference is that the name of registered users has a link to ...
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Linking into an infinite scrollable stream

I have a web app that contains a stream of entries with a "more..." button at the bottom that loads in older entries. If one of the entries is selected then the right panel displays details on that ...
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iPhone app link : AppStore + Website or only Website

I'm currently redesigning my personal web site (you can find it here) and I want to link to my different iOS apps. I have currently two links for each of my apps : Website and AppStore. But is the ...
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Unintentional link clicks in table rows

The problem In a desktop application, our users browse a lot of tables. Some cells contain links. Link texts look the same as other cells', except from when hovering, when they turn blue and ...
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What is an elegant way to distinguish a normal link from a bookmarklet link?

How do you visually tell to your user that a given link is a bookmarklet so it should not be clicked but just bookmarked? Is there a proper and recognized icon to use to alert the user that a given ...
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What do users expect to occur with a “Watch video” link?

I'm trying to come up with the best way to serve videos on a website. Currently there's an instance that says, "Watch video" with a little camera icon. It's in contrast to "Read report" with a little ...
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Should I add the length of video to the link?

I'm wondering if there is an formalized research, analytics data, or documented best practices that indicate whether I should add the length of the video in a video link (or near the thumbnail). ...
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Text link distinction

I am working on on a site which uses a hover state on a link within copy (a window pops up, much like a tool tip) as well as a standard link (which takes the visitor to another page). The distinction ...
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Tile UX: Is there too much information in these tiles?

I'm working on a flashcard application - I really like the UX of skydrive.com and want to apply the tile paradigm to this app. In the app, Cards belong to Sets belong to Folders. A Folder is ...
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Do all links on a page have to be all underlined or all colored?

I am redesigning a website and currently working on the homepage. I have several links or points of entry via the homepage. I was wondering if I need to follow one convention for styling the links, ...
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What is the best way to show that a link opens a modal window?

I want to make the user feel that clicking the item will bring up more detail about it in a modal window.
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Making a linked page more obvious?

I've got a portfolio much like the one displayed below. One of the people who I have shown the portfolio to, asked if I could put some live version of the game/web page in action, or have some video ...
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Best way to indicate which application you are currently on, in the top navigation

I've seen a couple of link related posts but I feel this one is a little different. I'm currently working on an application where we have links to other products at the top of the screen, and we're ...
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Links or button to open a modal window over a datatable

I work in a usability team and in our applications we allways use links to open new pages (navigation), and a buttons to do an action, submit a form, for instance. But now we face a dilema: we have a ...
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When is it considered a link and when is it already considered a button?

I mean take a look at the http://ux.stackexchange.com homepage. There is a yellowish link "Ask Question" =: missing the, big Letters like in headings etc. However, there is also a link like "read the ...
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Product image links

The scenario: customer navigates to the start page of a e-commerce book site, is presented with various offers on new books. Books is shown just by its fairly large cover. Example: ...
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Where should I place a “live chat” link on my page?

I'm thinking of putting a "live chat" button or link on a site I work on. It should appear on every page, and ideally would be in the same location on every page. Are there any usability principles ...
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What is the best way to insert links in a text? [duplicate]

Is there some recognized best practice when it comes to inserting hypertext in a page? For instance, what is the best between: Check out our website: http://example.com And.. Check out our ...
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Is using an entire banner as a link bad usability?

I am working on a eCommerce site which has a large hero banner space which scrolls through a number of 865 X 450 px banners. Each of these banners is linked to a specific offer in the site. When I ...
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Evidence of Button-action and Link-action in the same scope?

When I started to know GUI in the early 1990s there were always the same type of control to perform an action of the same type, even though the action was different as in [OK] [Cancel] and [Yes] [No]. ...
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What ways are there to highlight a selected option or link without using bold?

What is the best way to highlight a selected option in text/link format without using <strong> or <b>? I cannot use underline as they are already links and are therefore the underline is ...
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External links and duplicate content

How one should link to pages that are outside the current domain? Do, i simply make them target="_blank" and give them a different background color or add some icon to them to differentiate them from ...
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One button or two for sign up and log in?

What do you think? Should sign up and log in links be split into two buttons or is it OK to have them in one? N.B.: sign up form and log in form are on the same page. Thx, Alex
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How to explain best that there is more to a headline? (Icon, Text, etc)

We want to show "news headlines" within a google map (the news where it happend). The news will show up in speech bubbles. Only the headline will be shown first. If a user want to read more, he has ...
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Whether to use “Click Here” in Links for non techincal users

The hyper links containing the word "Click Here" is against the principles of Usability as the whole focus shifts towards the mouse and further it does not guide the users about the information of ...
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Hyperlink at the top of page with smooth scroll to a form at the bottom

I've been tasked with creating 3 new web pages for our site. Each page has a hyperlink above the fold that takes the user to a form at the bottom of the page just above the footer. None of these pages ...
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Accessibility of linked DOC/DOCX files

I am working on a site where the client wants to provide links to Microsoft Word Doc/Docx files. This is probably a bad idea for a number of reasons but from an accessibility standpoint, is this a ...
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What is the general meaning of a struck out hyperlink?

For instance, when I click on a colored underlined text, I am expecting it to be a hyperlink, redirecting me somewhere. When the hyperlink changes its color, I expect it to be already visited. But ...
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How to find later parts of a multi-part article

Consider the very common scenario where someone writes a series of articles (Parts 1 through n). With my publisher, Simple-Talk.com, for example, independent of whether I send them one at a time or ...
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Use subdomains or directory structure for URLs?

I'm curious if it's considered better practice to use a subdomain (e.g. store.website.com) or a directory (e.g. www.website.com/store) when linking to separate sections of a site. Assuming both ...
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What is the best practice for styling links, when considering mobile and tablet UX?

I am working on a website that has a variety of content types. Many different titles, modules. Some of the modules have titles that are clickable that take the user through to a landing page for that ...
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Navigation on side – dealing with link lengths – different font sizes?

At the moment I am building a webpage where the main navigation is located on the side, not at the top. The page uses a CMS where the user can create own menu links. That means if someone enters a ...
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What should we do with external links on a Reddit-like social news site?

Basically, we are working on a site that is similar to Reddit (but not exactly a clone). Users are able to post images, links and text posts (what Reddit calls "self posts") and we believe links will ...
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Hover state for Step-based navigation

I'm stumped on figuring out what the proper hover state for a step-based navigation workflow should be. The navigation appears below. There are 3 states. Completed, Active, and Not-Yet-Completed. The ...
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Navigation Bar, mixing links and buttons

I am trying to create a navigation menu with 2 functions in it... the website 'page' navigation links and 'action' buttons... sort of like this image ...
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Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)

There are various existing conventions to give users clues about what will happen on clicking or touching a link when it is not a standard link to another page, for example: Single chevrons pointing ...
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Link to older posts should point to the left or right? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which direction indicates newer/older? At the end of a list of blog posts there is often a link to previous posts. Somtimes this link is extended with an arrow pointing ...
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What is an acceptable word to indicate a link?

We're working on an application in which users can add hyperlinks. However, we're having a hard time finding an acceptable word that is easily understood by our users. We've asked about 10 users and ...