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[whatwg] borders on images inside links

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:45:35 +0200
Message-ID: <E742D2FE-1A0F-43FF-8AC3-076370F70369@iki.fi>
On Mar 2, 2010, at 12:14, Ashley Sheridan wrote:

> The majority of browsers render images within links as having a border 

Do you mean the majority of browser installed base (IE's installed base plus Firefox's)? Of the 5 top browsers 3 don't have a border and 2 have. Of the 4 top engines, 2 have a border and 2 don't.

> (which is the image highlight equivalent of a text underline when you think about it in context).

It's not really equivalent in practice, though. The underline convention is widely retained, so users actually can use the convention as a signal. The border is virtually universally removed by authors, so it's not a convention users can look for as a signal.

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi
Received on Tuesday, 2 March 2010 02:45:35 UTC

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