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Bug 5794 - Article texts are a hodgepodge of black and blue text, which is very distracting
Article texts are a hodgepodge of black and blue text, which is very distracting
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
PC Windows XP
: Lowest normal (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
all web articles
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-05-02 16:45 UTC by harryzilber
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description harryzilber 2006-05-02 16:45:41 UTC
From: Harry Zilber 
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 12:24 PM

Hi Wikipedia staff!

I enjoy your website and articles greatly.

I'd like to suggest that you offer your users/end customers the ability to view
your website articles with links that are in the same black font colour as the
remaining 'non-linked' text of the article.

I'm currently using a Firefox browser, and when I view Wikipedia articles there
are numerous links in the text of the articles that are depicted in blue
coloured font.  The article text thus becomes a hodgepodge of black and blue
text, which I find very distracting.   I've seen other websites (unrelated to
Wikipedia) previously where the links are shown in the same black font colours,
but when the user 'hovers' his/her mouse cursor over the text, the links then
become underlined (or possibly change colours?).    I believe that this type of
web-page link-viewing system improves readability be reason of having far fewer
visual distractions.

I'm sure that offering your users the ability to have an alternate method of
viewing text links will help your already excellent product become even more
popular and user-friendly.


Harry Zilber
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Office:  905-430-6377
Fax:     905-430-6518
Cell:    905-424-2294
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-05-02 16:46:39 UTC
That would greatly harm the ability to use the web site by making it 
difficult to find and use links.
Comment 2 Platonides 2006-05-06 10:37:36 UTC
Tell him about the CSS per-user customization.
Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-05-06 15:15:08 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> Tell him about the CSS per-user customization.

Why couldn't you have done, with that comment? Bear in mind that that's useless
for anonymous readers.

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