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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

In carefully edited text, the choice to include the article depends on the meaning. Examples: I saw a newt yesterday, dark with blue spots. Can anybody help identify it? — Article not included: ...
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Odd click behavior where my users are clicking non-linked headings

The user might be clicking on it without the expectation of any interaction. Would you be recording clicks for actions like: Selecting text to be copied Mobile users scrolling Right clicking to open ...
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How should one differentiate links?

or you can try dotted border; be sure to test it on the users though. If it's a quick reference and no action (like selecting / scrolling, although you can do it on the pop-up with some effort) is ...
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What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?

Buttons denotes important actions, therefore they are scarce and noticeable. Links are common, and you may have a lot of them, since they are supposed to take you to an anchor, whether it's on the ...
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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

Usually an article need not be a part of your link. Except in the cases when it makes a difference in meaning. Usually it will be a definite article, like "The Times", "El Salvador", "Al Jazeera". ...
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Change link color based in background color?

Comparing the saturation and brightness of white to yellow: There is a difference of +25 in saturation and -5 in brightness If blue has S=65 and B=100, the resulting blue would be: S 65 + 25 = 90 B ...
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Hyperlink on red background

Try a softer red with a harsh red border - like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups
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Is using a hyperlink to close a modal a poor design decision?

It sounds as if you are seeking a formulaic answer about a specific button pattern fit for an exclusive purpose and feel that this goal is not being met. Straight off the bat, there is no such ...
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Change link color based in background color?

Use Google inspector, they suggest another color that passes AA and AAA AA : #217387 AAA : #185564 What is AA and AAA ? These are compliance levels to make digital content more accessible provided by ...
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Menu with dropdown, root element clickable?

There is a background issue here which is: Should the sub-menu open on click or on hover? If you choose to display it on click, it is clear that you can only use OptionA (ServiceA, ServiceB, ..., All ...
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Odd click behavior where my users are clicking non-linked headings

Scrolling down and then up and then clicking on non-interactive things is a sign that the user was looking for something, didn't find it, and is now trying less-obvious interactions to see if it'll be ...
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mailto: link on "Contact" button - good UX?

As "Contact me" may refer to multiple things, it is not an example of good UX, I am afraid. I think most Users would expect seeing a list of contact options, which would be the most recommended ...
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Should visited and unvisited links be of different color?

I do like the way you bring this topic on the table :D This is a question from 3 years ago. First thing I need to mention, because you mentioned it yourself: companies like Google, Reddit, Craiglist, ...
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What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?

So MDN suggests a ... but if someone is downloading a document, why/when should that be the case instead of a plain hyperlink? Right from your quote: These bogus href values cause unexpected ...
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What is considered best practice for using color in website text?

While the final color combination will depend on the UI design, branding specs and other considerations, the keyword is CONTRAST. and as such, you're on the right path, black on white is the maximum ...
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Mark Link which blocks accesses from the EU because of the GDPR

Disclaimer: I am a usable privacy researcher employed by a German Data Protection Authority (DPA). This might be an unpopular opinion, but how about an alternative version of the site that provides ...
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Hyperlink on red background

Just use white for the links too. alert a { color: white; } The underline shows clearly that it is a link: https://jsfiddle.net/2dmp9cbj/
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Should html links with images have both title and alt attributes?

Both of them However, the alt description in the image should be for the link description, not for the image itself From Accessibility and Usability at Penn State: Image ALT Tag Tips for HTML term &...
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How to separate links from buttons?

Why are your links buttons at all? Links should just be actual anchor tag links so users can use their browser's right-click menu if they want to open them in a new tab or other link-specific actions....
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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

As the search bots don't give importance for this stop words (the, a, an...) you don't need to hyperlink them. What's Stop Words on Wikipedia: In computing, stop words are words which are filtered ...
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What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?

I like Devin's summary that "buttons denote important actions". I would pair that with a statement that applies more to the current generation of Internet users than yours & mine: "...
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Anchor tag accessibility on SO

I cannot answer #2, but I can take a stab at #1 with some explanation. Background The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (the basis for Section 508 in the US, some international ...
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When to open link in new tab?

Open a new tab when you leave the basic navigational structure of your website. This is a very "open" rule, since a lot of minor things can take you away from said structure, but bear with me. ...
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Is using a hyperlink to close a modal a poor design decision?

The reason a textual link is used instead of a button is to make it somewhat difficult for the user to delete or cancel unintentionally. The primary button in any form would be the Submit button. To ...
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Odd click behavior where my users are clicking non-linked headings

I would also click on the title, it's the area of greatest visual importance as it's currently displayed on the page. The three most visually relevant points are the picture, the title, and the orange ...
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Why Instagram doesn't allow hyperlinks?

On Instagram, posting clickable links on comments are not enabled, The move was taken to crack down on people excessively using self-promotional links in the comments to the extent of spammng.. ...
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How should one differentiate links?

have a definition pop up I can think of two options: 1. The Windows Ellipsis Pattern (link...) The purpose of these three dots is to tell the user that there is some additional information which ...
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How to separate links from buttons?

Links go places. Buttons do things. Don't think about that too hard; but buttons change the system state. Links are "reversible" and indicate a trivial action that the user can undo with the BACK ...
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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

I would encourage including the article: not for SEO, only partially for grammar, but to increase accessibility .... if it's a mouse-based user-base or mobile app where finger-actions are most ...
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What's the name of the (old) experimental UX concept that revealed further details on demand?

Progressive Disclosure. This design pattern intends to reduce UI clutter, confusion and cognitive workload so that the user’s focus remains on the interface. The example you described is achieved one ...
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