[thelist] Do you use :visited in CSS?

Joel Canfield joel at bizba6.com
Fri Oct 30 10:32:40 CDT 2009

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:12 AM, Fred Jones <fredthejonester at gmail.com>wrote:

> Nielsen says { http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html } that one of
> the "Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design" is "Not Changing the Color of
> Visited Links".
> Do people agree? I personally do NOT change the color of visited links
> because I think it's confusing to users who don't know what it means.

I never have a visited state in my navigation, which is usually just fancied
up links. I'm hoping folks can figure out they've been to that page, and the
navigation is sometimes a part of the look and feel of the site. Dunno;
might talk myself into changing on this one.

Links in the text, I always have a visited state. Usually a subtle, but to
my middling vision obvious, color shift. Sometimes I leave the link color
but drop the underline, if my fresh links are underlined. But, yeah, in the
text, I always go for some indication of visited links. And I'm
confused/annoyed when a site I visit doesn't do so.


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