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Feedback on your website's link colors (yes, I'm from the US)

From: Kate Finn <kfinn@mac.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 08:27:07 -0700
Message-id: <48FC43B8-2A97-4DEF-9D8F-9F7735CC6987@mac.com>
Cc: Kate Finn <kfinn@mac.com>
To: wai-eo-editors@w3.org

Although I first stumbled across the w3.org website a number of months ago, in the past 2 weeks I have had reason to return to it and study it in depth.  I don't know if this is the right place to send this feedback, but here goes:  the color of unvisited text links is nearly indistinguishable from the unlinked black text.  At first I thought this might be me, suffering from reduced color sensitivity at the age of 54, but I've shown it to several younger people, including my teenage daughters, and they also thought it was difficult to find the links in the text.  The links that happen to be in bold-face font are a bit more visible, but even so, they don't jump off the page (as on http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Overview.html).

This isn't the case throughout the site; for example, http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-wai-age-literature-20080514/, a brighter blue is used for links.

I do use a stylesheet that hides underlining of links, to increase the readability of heavily-linked pages.  I don't know if your webpage design guidelines rely on underlining to increase the visibility of links?

Anyway, I love the work your organization is doing, and I appreciate that all the documents are open to the public.  Thank you.

Kate Finn
Received on Friday, 15 April 2011 17:04:02 UTC

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