In a document which has so many links (e.g. this CV), where the blue is overwhelming the black, and the whole sentences/groups of words are links, not just some words in the middle, should we use a small link icon next to the text instead of embed it? Something like this:

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If this method is used, I don't know should we make both text and the icon clickable (not change the color of the text), or just the icon is clickable?

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No, because if you do that, then you will have lots of icons on the page and it may cause a detrimental amount of visual clutter on the screen. I seriously don't find any problem with the attached CV. However you can play with readability, try use zebra pattern style (aka swim-lanes) on the table and add space around the content.


Making just the icons clickable will less convenient to use. I would recommend against using the icons, blue underlined text is a clear identification of a hyperlink. Icons will just look unnecessary elements

However, with little CSS or JS coding you can add the link image to see how it looks.

  • Will it work in PDF format?
    – Ooker
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 15:36

I wouldn't add icons and changing the color of a link to match the normal text is a bad idea as well.

Maybe you could simply add footnotes at the bottom?

Something like this... http://codepen.io/run-time/pen/XJXGgB

  • My output is PDF format so I'm afraid that this preference is depend on which reader is used.
    – Ooker
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 1:41
  • changed my answer to the footnote idea because I think it satisfies the conditions while being more clear than adding a bunch of icons
    – DaveAlger
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 2:22

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