rocknbil - 7:53 pm on Jun 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
This is one of the things that hasn't changed since "the beginning," and probably shouldn't, but is done all the time. There are some places in a layout that can get away with no underlines - like an explicit area for a navigation bar with appropriate cues that indicate it's a navigation, even redundant foot links - but "normal links" within text is still a very bad idea.
Additionally I see a lot of sites with "plain old text" styled with underlines for emphasis, probably drives people mad wondering why those links don't work . . . which [u]underlines[/u] why links should stay links and text should stay text. :-)