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

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Should printed graphics of a domain start with www, uppercase/lowercase? How to make the user understand that it's a domain?

Consider a car used by a company which has "advertising" printed on it regarding the actual company. How should domains be displayed on such a car? Is there any research regarding this? With a wide ...
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Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...
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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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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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Why does MediaWiki put little padlocks on HTTPS links?

Does anyone know why MediaWiki puts little padlock icons next to HTTPS links? For example, if I put this link in a wiki article: https://twitter.com/harry_wood it would get a little yellow padlock by ...
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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 much of the related text should be included in a hyperlink?

When adding hyperlinks to the markup in paragraph-sized runs of text, how much of the text relevant to each link should be included? So I know links that just say "here" or "this" are bad, but what ...
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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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Link to homepage in breadcrumbs/logo in subfolder?

We recently launched our company blog. We created a new design for it to distinguish it from our regular shop design and give a more "blog experience". The blog is located at ...
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Buttons replacing a link for a consistent style

In general, I use buttons for ajax calls that update the UI but am thinking whether a button is a good metaphor for links also. I am using Twitter Bootstrap. Not a designer by trade and would like any ...
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Single 'Edit' link or two 'Edit' & 'Add' links for insert/update/delete operations

I have a dropdownlist and the user has the ability to delete and edit the selected option, or add a new option by clicking a hyperlink which brings up a popup with a form. Would an 'Edit' link be ...
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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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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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How can I indicate that images can be clicked on a mobile site?

I've created a mobile site with a portfolio page. On the desktop version, hovering the mouse over the images changes the mouse pointer to a finger indicating the image is hyperlinked. To try to get ...
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Linking a Navigation menu item to external URL

3 of 7 links on my navigation menu are external links to others websites (same company but other services/not the same domain). Those websites are not the core of the business. Linking a navigation ...
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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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Nested Creation Forms

This question is about how to create objects in a relational database without a ton of popups. I'm working on a web app that has forms within forms. That is, you can create linked objects within the ...
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How to render text that contains a tooltip / hover state?

I'm wondering about the best way to represent text that contains a flyout / tooltip (similar to Foursquare - see image below) but is not a link to another page. In my case, there are a number of ...
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Should the “reset” option be a button or a link in crm?

I'm having to make the page as it was in the initial state, and this includes having a form reset link or button. Should the reset be a button or a link?
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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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'Sponsored Links' impact on conversion rate

It seems it's cool to share useful links and bump a bit ranks of the sites that were useful for you. Probably putting 'Sponsored links' or 'Useful links' section to your website makes you a pal but ...
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Should Wizard steps be clickable links?

I'm designing a reusable Wizard that will be used in multiple places of my web application. It is designed to be truly modular - we detect the number of stages and whether each has been completed by ...
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Why does ux.stackexchange.com use a darker colour to indicate visited links?

Why does this site use a darker colour for links that have been clicked on? When scan reading down the pages all I notice are links I've already visited, completely ignoring the pale blue links. To ...
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What's the correct UI for displaying actions related to a link without obstructing it?

I would like to allow the user to view stats or add tags to links on a website but that's a very rare use case since most users would never interact with the links beyond just clicking on them to go ...
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Usability of linking to target ID on page refresh

One of our partners is building an application I designed and tested in Axure. I had inferred some AJAX interactions with changing and adding some content to a page, but the developers have built this ...
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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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Clickable List on homepage

When creating a list that you wish to be a display of clickable links to a full page of more detailed information, what is a good way to display this? In the Balsamiq example below, is a sketch of ...
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Why is there a link to the current page?

If you are reading this, that might mean that you have opened this question (or maybe previewing the question). If you have indeed opened this question, when you click on the question title it links ...
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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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Is it OK to use links to display GUI elements or perform actions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: HTML buttons vs hyperlinks for navigation HTML links were born to show internal or external pages, or take you to a specific page position (anchors). Now, with the ...
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How to indicate that an image is a link too?

I have a section in my website called "Techonology" that is not part of the main content where I put the logos of each technology used in the website (PHP, MySQL, Bootstrap, etc). But I'm searching ...
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Do people use `jump to top of page` links?

I'm talking about links or buttons at the bottom of the page or screen simply linking to the top of the website. Is there any data on that? Are they used more frequently on long pages? What about ...
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Do users trust shortened URLs?

I've got some problems with shortened URLs personally; they're really easy to create and not descriptive, so it's fairly easy to make them link to malware. I'm talking about links like ...
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Is it harder to locate a link in the side navigation compared to top navigation

Most of the side navigations scroll along with the page and the problem I find when using those kind of websites is that you can't remember the position of the link as while scrolling you are ...
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Copy/pasting something that's clickable

I have a use case where an element on the page is the most obvious place to link from the list view to the instance view, but users also sometimes need to copy/paste the element text. Because the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is 'Home' button still a must?

I was wondering if the 'Home' button is still a must on a website menu, or are users already used to clicking on the Logo? There is a qustion on ux.stackexchange.com about this topic - Home button vs ...
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Link color used for email

What is the recommendation for link color behaviors when it comes to a text link for someone's email address? For example: jane@janedoe.com The following thread, for example, has a variety of ...
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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 to put the link to admin section?

I have a website with searchable information for users (catalogue, search, item details, etc.). The site does not offer (and doesn't need) any log-in functionality (content is never personalised and ...
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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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Best way to link to PDFs/Word docs/etc?

I need to include links to PDFs, Word docs and other document types on a web page. A lot of sites display an icon for the file type, plus the file size. I'm inclined to remove both the icon and file ...
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How should the [Big Buy Now Button] in the right gutter be linked?

I'm redisigning my website and would like to know how the "Big Buy Now Button" in the right gutter should be linked. This button will be available on every page of the site. I sell two software ...
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What's a good pattern for edit in place with hyperlinks?

I have a datagrid with many columns that I want to be able to edit in place. Some of the values in the table are hyperlinks. I want to be able to follow the hyperlinks and also edit them. The row ...
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Is there a convention for distinguishing internal and external links in a website?

From a user point of view, I think it is a reasonable idea to distinguish internal and external links. By internal links, I mean links that have the same domain name than the website displaying the ...
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From the usability point of view are text links in italics a good or a bad idea?

A colleague of mine (web designer) would like to style the titles of content in italics for aesthetic reasons. The problem is those titles are also text links to the related full content view. When ...
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How to determine whether links have enough contrast?

I find it very hard to distinguish links from normal text on Programmers Stack Exchange, especially visited links on wall-of-text posts. The colour scheme used is: Background #fafafa (there's a ...