|Example 2: unvisited
vs. visited links, displaying links
Date: 23 september 2003
I was reviewing a site to find any usability issues. Looking
at the "pension info" section, I found out it was possible to
download the newest version of the Adobe Reader Software, that
was not installed on the pc I was using. There was a link on
the page, but it was not obvious to see unless you were approaching
your mouse pointer from the link...
Errors / Recommendations:
Error: Links should be always be clearly visible. A common practice
is to underline a link in blue. When they have been visited,
their color change to red or purple... You can see on the screenshots
that the link color, here a light ochre, is totally similar
to the title color, which are not links themselves ! The color
difference (contrast) between text and links is absolutely minimal.
Since this site targets an old audience (it's related to the
pension fund of the employees), it is quite a shame to not have
integrated the fact that this audience might not have the best
possible (eye)sight, isn't it ?
You can change this of course with a wise use of css (cascading
Screenshots (click to enlarge in a new window)
Help file with roll over