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LEGEND ,
Feb 20, 2012

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Just want to point out that inline links in text are difficult to see.  To work around it, I usually post links like this:

...instead of...

  • Click here to go to Adobe's site.

But not everyone thinks of doing this.  I just missed a link in someone's post because dark blue text is not that obvious amongst black text, especially if there are few letters.

Please fix the forum software so that links in the text are underlined.

Note also that while editing the links DO have underlines.  WYSINWYG

-Noel

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Links in Text Hard to See

LEGEND ,
Feb 20, 2012

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Just want to point out that inline links in text are difficult to see.  To work around it, I usually post links like this:

...instead of...

  • Click here to go to Adobe's site.

But not everyone thinks of doing this.  I just missed a link in someone's post because dark blue text is not that obvious amongst black text, especially if there are few letters.

Please fix the forum software so that links in the text are underlined.

Note also that while editing the links DO have underlines.  WYSINWYG

-Noel

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Feb 21, 2012

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I agree.

I always create such inline links manually, using a snippet of HTML.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 21, 2012

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Noel Carboni wrote:

I just missed a link in someone's post because dark blue text is not that obvious amongst black text, especially if there are few letters.

Please fix the forum software so that links in the text are underlined.

Agreed. Thanks for raising it, Noel.

I occasionally miss links in posts too esp. when people post long paragraphs and bury a link in the middle of it trying to explain what they're describing.

Please add the "text-decoration:underline;" CSS attribute to all links and increase the color contrast between link text and regular text.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 21, 2012

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I agree.  Sometimes the link address is very long so just listing it makes the message messy and confusing. 

Guess we can make the link name bold and in CAPS, but something not everyone will remember.

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LEGEND ,
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Curt,

That is how I post in-line links - BOLD and ALL-CAPS. Still, a few readers miss those.

Hunt

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Well, here is one who very often misses links hidden behind single words..

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How do you know, Claudio?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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Well, there are some people who say "thank you for your link". Not the only hint that I missed one, by the way...

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Mentor ,
Feb 21, 2012

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years ago it was the norm that links were underlined. Don't remember when that was stopped.

When I post links I always copy the entire link. Because I too find just choosing a word and making it a link is easily missed.If your going to do that its should be in a Bolded Green or Red something obvious.

If it’s a Long link I start on a new line with the link. On a Mac though even if a link is so long it extends to two line the full link is retained. On a PC if a link extend to point its broken only the first line remains hot and you have to put the wo together.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2012

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Phillip,

You will get my vote to bring back the "underline" for embedded links too.

One option for long URL's, is a service like TinyURL, but then there have been spammers, who have abused such, so not a perfect answer.

Hunt

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That's why I don't use Tiny URL that much. Or reluctant to open such.

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LEGEND ,
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Yes, spammers have ruined a lot of things on the Internet, but such is life.

Hunt

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LEGEND ,
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Hello Hunt

Indeed spammers have caused all manner of grief. And the really odd part to me is that on some level, spammin must work. Otherwise, they would have found it to be a totally futile process long ago, no?

Cheers... Rick

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LEGEND ,
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Phillip Jones wrote:

On a Mac though even if a link is so long it extends to two line the full link is retained. On a PC if a link extend to point its broken only the first line remains hot and you have to put the wo together.

I don't think this is operating system specific; more likely it's the browser doing that.

More important, if a link is properly coded in HTML, then it really doesn't matter how many lines it spans, or how many blank characters it contains.

Example: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Ebisu+Station,+Tokyo,+Japan&hl=en&ll=35.646695,139.710109&spn=0.004368...

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LEGEND ,
Feb 23, 2012

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I tend to bold links, which is easier now in the new forum version as Control+B works on highlighted text.

Niall

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Mentor ,
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All I know is that anytime one with PC sends links only the first line of link works and the pieces have to be spliced together. Its possible its because everyone that this happesn happens from IE users which IE is only a Windows product.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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OT: Phillip, I mostly notice broken links in Outlook, when sending/receiving links by email. (and the trouble is to explain to the counterpart how to copy and paste two parts of a link in the address bar of a browser. Most are confused by this.

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I read once that the only way to get rid of spam and the like is to kill everyone that falls for it.

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