I have a list of items laid out as a table:
Title Reported On Status The lamb that Mary had went missing 12 Mar 2014 New Lost a wallet during the night in New York 08 Apr 2014 Read Mister Mooves' tree did not have a swing available 23 May 2014 Resolved
I want to add a hyperlink for the user to be able to click and view the details of each entry in this table-list.
What are the good and bad for using the Title as hyperlinks versus using a separate column for an icon (e.g. magnifier) or a dedicated "view" text hyperlink. Also, in general, should long text and paragraphs be used for hyperlinking? Hyperlinking the Titles also make it unfriendly for text selecting and copying.
EDIT: Just thought I'd add my observations here.
Users tend to move the cursor over the rows of Titles as they read each line. This activates the hover trigger and causes blinking. Even if I remove all text formatting, the changing cursor is still an issue. However, it also make it very convenient for the user to click into the link once they find what they want because the mouse is already on the Title link.
If I put an icon to the far left, the user has to move the back to the start of the row to click and has to intently trace the row back to the start, which seems like a lot of effort. But with all the icon/text link tucked to the edge, the overall view is much more consistent and organised especially when I also have other links like "edit", "delete", "parent item", "other view" etc.