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- Links Without Underlines
November 10, 2003, 6:04 am
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Re: Links Without Underlines
In some contexts where it's easy to tell that a piece of text is in fact a
link (such as menu bars or menu panels), link items really do look better
if they aren't underlined. Of course, links embedded in narrative text
really *should* be underlined; users should not be expected to "play Myst"
in order to discover links. Basically you should err on the side of
caution: if there's any question as to whether or not something "looks like
a link" you should underline it. But some forms of navigation are so
stereotyped that users can be expected to recognize text in them as links,
and in those cases leaving off the underline often contributes to the
design without detracting from the usability.