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...Wanted to just leave a short comment, but apparently I'm not yet allowed to, so I'll leave an answer instead... Also, I'm apparently unable to post all the awesome links I had in here originally :\ I found little empirical data for UX hyperlinking best practices (couldn't link to it anyway), but find the practice of gratuitous links to everything, ...


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Generally speaking you should not do something the user is not expecting. Be that perform an action that wasn't expect when they hit a button (e.g., exit & save when I hit a button just labeled "save") or modify the formatting of a post I put in. I wouldn't say it is harmful, but it would not be helpful either to auto-link "well known" sites. For ...


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From a UX point of view, are these hyperlinks generally considered useful/harmful? I think 'harmful' is too strong of a word. At worst, they are maybe visual distractions. But you're asking the right question, and I think that's all you really need to do. Is it USEFUL to link to Facebook within the text of your page? Do you think users have a need to ...


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You're pretty accurate already, yes. If you have an obvious distinct :hover state then you should replicate that for your :focus. The :focus is the most important one though, so make sure that exists in a clear style. Bear in mind that with the hover state, the user is (probably) visually following the cursor so is likely to already be looking at the item ...


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The closest thing I can readily think of is how Wiki sites handle this. "Plain" text links are almost always going to take you to another page on that site; "contents" links in a table (?) are usually for jumping around the page you're on; and the sites with the external link icon at the end of the link... well, they are external links. Links for stuff on ...



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