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

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Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?

Over the years of surfing on the web I have found numerous examples of people saying that you shouldn't use the word "here" in a textlink etc. Personally I like the idea of using the word, because it ...
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When should hyperlinks be underlined?

Have you noticed that more and more websites have removed underlines from hyperlinks? For example, the current beta test of Google doesn't have underlines on the search results. Google, along with ...
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What part of overview item should be clickable

We're making an overview of whitepapers, videos and other resources. Me and the frontend designer are in a small disagreement over which part of the item should be clickable. Should it be: only ...
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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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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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What are the differences between buttons and links?

What are the differences between buttons and links?
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Why do read links turn purple?

Today I saw a post on Facebook that had this pun: Clicked links turn purple because blue + "read" equals purple Is there any specific reason why a link is blue and when it is clicked/read, it ...
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What's Your Take on target=“_blank”?

Web developers can apply this attribute to anchor <a> tags to force the browser to open links in new tabs/windows. Marketers love it because it allows them to link to external content without ...
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When should hyperlink text be used?

Should text links always be text or are there cases when it makes more sense to simply link the URL? Examples A text link might look like this: Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design ...
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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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Hyperlink the verb or the noun?

I'm telling users to get something and where they can get it. Should I hyperlink the action or the destination? Which of the following would be easier for the user to parse and execute? You need ...
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Is it a good idea to add tooltip to some text that says exactly the same?

Having tooltips on icons and images is understandable and the same goes for small pieces of links where tooltips may elaborate to the user what that particular link would do. Sometimes, however, ...
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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 reference (and provide links to) online content in offline media?

Provided that print publications produced in-house and "physical" advertisements have to reference or "link" to online content, what is an accessible (in broader sense) and user-friendly way to do so? ...
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With 'OK' button, 'Cancel' should appear as secondary button or link?

When I make web application designs, every time I style form or overlay boxes with OK and Cancel button. I think of making them different. But is it a good practice? Some people recommend primary and ...
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Are tag/word clouds useful?

A lot of blogs or other types of sites with a lot of content use tag clouds, where trending words are shown and popular words are displayed larger. For example Should you put a tag cloud on your ...
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Is it better to offer 2-3 links to access the same page or one single link?

I'm currently working on an events website. On the events landing page, there is a list of upcoming events. Here is how each event is presented: The banner, title and 'more details' button lead to ...
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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 ...
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Is “Read more” a good link text?

Excerpts of posts displayed on a blog index page usually end with a link saying "Read more", "Continue reading", or similar. Now, it's very well understood why "click here" is not a good link text, ...
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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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Text vs Icon (Opens in a New Window)

Over the past months I have been turning small websites responsive and encountered PDF links that spell out Opens in a New Window instead of using an icon. I spoke to the client about using an icon ...
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headings as links

In a lot of cases I've always used headings as links (where they make sense) instead of a heading, info text and then a link For example: Finance website Here's some info text here about this ...
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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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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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A button with a link: understandable or confusing?

I'm working on a design of a touchscreen version of some web application. Since it's a touchscreen I would like all clickable elements to be rather big and easy to tap (it's a simple kiosk, so ...
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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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Should hyperlink text color be changed after visited

I must admit sometimes it is useful but i realy dislike it.
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Is it okay to open a help link in a new window?

I have read Jacob Nielson's usability book and he says links should never open in a new window. Here are some of his reasons: Novice users cannot manage multiple windows and become disoriented. The ...
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Are links with images more likely to be clicked on?

I am working on making the home page of a blog, and I want as many people as possible to click on the posts in the home page and read them. I'm thinking of listing the post title, and then a quick ...
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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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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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How to link to faceted search results when using AJAX/async UI?

When you have a traditional faceted search that uses AJAX the user experience is generally good because there is immediate feedback on the current state of the system. The user will know what other ...
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Is it good to strike through visited links?

I've seen in some websites such as http://twomovies.name/watch_movie/Shutter_Island that visited links are striked. Is this good practice?
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Actionable form element size

I am not a UI designer by any means. I have noticed in the last year or two that important buttons/links...etc on many websites now have very big click zones. I must say that I appreciate it, as ...
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Should all links on a website be the same color?

I'm not a web designer and would like to know about link and button colors. About links Should all links be the same color, knowing that sometimes the background has different color so the links are ...
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Is “search” really used on blogs?

I'm working on a a blog (which includes a mobile version), and I am not sure how useful a "search" button / box would be - especially on the mobile version. I can think of how it could be useful, but ...
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Is it better to have more links to the homepage on your website?

Is it a good idea to have more than 2 or 3 links to the homepage on your website? Think about something like: Link in Footer Link in Header (obvious) Link in content Link the headerlogo to homepage ...
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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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Visual differentiation between in-site links to outbound links

I'm trying to solve the differentiation between in-site links vs. outbound links. Currently I'm using for all links the blue from my palette and underline on hover. Due to the nature of the site, that ...
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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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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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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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How to know what should be a button and what should be a link? [duplicate]

I implemented a webpage that in practice was a dead end and it just said "Your registration is complete. Please press the button to go back." and there was a button to go back to the page from where ...
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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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Links inside a dropdown

I'm wondering if links inside a dropdown provides a valid user experience, if it isn't part of the main navigation of the site. For a news website I'm trying to come up with a nice way for the ...
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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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When to display a link as a previously visited link?

Websites of today contains a variety of links including logo link, global and local navigation links, supplementary or related links, other header links, footer links, inline related links and more. ...