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Re: showing visited links ?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 23:36:26 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200505182236.j4IMaRK04822@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> 
> ...and don't override their default text size, background colour, 
> foreground colour...ah, what the heck, forget about stylesheets 

The point is that graphic designers don't like visited link colours 
and suppressing them is one of the first things they do.  There is
a real conflict between designer wants and user needs.  Physically
they set :visited and :link to the same colour (often the text colour
with :hover as the only indication of a link) but logically they 
are attempting to supprese the visited indication.

> altogether and design like it's 1995. *grin*

Most of the recent web pages I've seen are more retro than that; 7x5
fonts seem to be fairly standard!

> 
> Seriously though, there's nothing wrong with applying your own styling 
> to the various link states, as long as they're fairly recognisably 
> different. If users *truly* have a very specific need for certain set 

They must also be very recognizably like the browser standard stylings,
otherwise people without a long background in using the web (e.g. elderly
learners) will not be able to recognize them for what they are.

> colours, they should set their browser not to let pages/styles override 

This would be far beyond the technical capabilities of the typical
elderly learner.
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