November 04, 2002
Question to my readers

After seeing one blogger make a note on his site, and after receiving an e-mail about the topic, I have to ask my readers: Do you dislike the way I handle links on my site?

Many sites use a striking color difference, or boldface type, or underlines, to indicate links. My blog is a bit more subtle; the links are a different color, but it is close to the color of the rest of the text (It is actually the same shade of bugundy as the background). It has been my observation that radically different colors, typefaces, or underlines detract from the readability of a post, and I prefer something that is easy to read. In any case, my links are fairly obvious; the words ""this", "here", "post" or "link" will almost invariably harbor a link.

My question is: should I leave the site as-is, or should I change it, and if so, how? (Note: I am talking about how I deal with links, not content or style changes!)

UPDATE: 07Nov2002/1:12 PM—I have decided to try boldfacing the links to highlight them, as per the suggestions of some of the responses. The burgundy color will distinguish them from simple boldface emphasis, which I will attempt to keep to a minimum. Let me know if this is better or worse than the old method.

posted on November 04, 2002 07:07 PM


I've no trouble reading it.

posted by Andrea Harris on November 4, 2002 07:12 PM

current scheme works for me

posted by kevin on November 4, 2002 09:49 PM

It's a very attractive color scheme. And your right, the post is made more readable by more subtle links. Not underlineing just means that people have to take a second to actually read some of the post to find the link.

posted by Sean Kirby on November 5, 2002 12:26 AM

Sorry, I'm afraid I have to disagree. On my laptop at work (and to a lesser extent on my monitor at home), the color change is so subtle that it's sometimes very different to find the link -- especially if it's a short word.

I work around this by clicking at the beginning of the post and then 'tabbing' through the post to find all the links, but it would be easier if there were either underlining or a more stark color change.

posted by Spoons on November 5, 2002 03:24 AM

I dunno, I kinda like 'em. Cool, subtle and elegant. Playing just a little hard to get. Not like all those other brazen, slutty links.

posted by Moira on November 5, 2002 04:01 AM

I suppose bolding them wouldn't hurt. As long as the colour stays the same

posted by Sean Kirby on November 5, 2002 05:55 AM

I'm ambivalent on the issue.

On one hand, I absolutely HATE underlines, on the other hand, I find it mildly annoying having to search for the links. Making them boldface might be a good idea, or maybe increasing the color diff just a tad.

What can I say? I'm gonna read you regularly no matter WHAT you do.

posted by Emperor Misha I on November 5, 2002 02:50 PM

I had similar issues down at my place; I experimented with half a dozen different shades of blue before settling on one. The underlining-with-hover helps considerably.

Maybe a slightly darker red - say, a maroon #800000 - would make life easier for Spoons and others.

posted by CGHill on November 5, 2002 08:12 PM

You know your a geek when you recommend specific Hex codes to people.

Just kidding Mr. Hill - my favorite blue happens to be #003366, or maybe #003385.

posted by Sean Kirby on November 7, 2002 05:32 AM

Geek? Moi? Just because I have a Pantone-to-RGB conversion gizmo on my work box?

posted by CGHill on November 8, 2002 04:17 AM

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