[pmwiki-users] it's time to change pmwiki default skin!

John Rankin john.rankin at affinity.co.nz
Thu Sep 15 04:08:18 CDT 2011

>>horizontally, so long lines don't cause an overflow; avoid underline for
>>links (use border-bottom on hover instead, if at all); spruce up the
> I want links to be underlined _and_ coloured, I don not want to guess
> what could be a link.

Yes, unless there is a strong contrast between the text colour and the
link colour, this is a problem with many sites, especially, as Petko
notes, when the visited colour is not clearly different.

What is your view of sites where the link border-bottom is dotted? It
makes links more visible, but is less intrusive than a solid rule. The
dotted rule can turn solid on mouseover, of course.
> BTW: What's the benefit of "border-bottom" (besides different color)?

Underline passes through the letter descenders and makes the words
slightly less readable -- we recognise words in part by the word shape and
underline can obscure this to a (small) degree. The border-bottom option
puts a rule slightly below the descenders. This is a practice borrowed
from print publishing, whereas underlining is carried over from the manual
typewriter. My understanding (and I am not certain of this) is that
mechanical constraints in a typewriter meant the underline physically
could not print below the descenders, unless you moved the carriage up

John Rankin

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