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Search and Hyperlink Problems in the old layout - 2010 Feedback Days

10:43 pm on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have misgivings about hyperlinks on WebmasterWorld, and the "search" link not being discoverable.
First off, the search hyperlink is atrocious:
  • black text
  • lower case text (first letter isn't capitalized, when links everywhere else are)
  • <font size="1"> (font-size:10px in CSS)
  • link color has no hover state
  • background color is #ffff00 (full additive yellow) on hover state

I suggest creating a global search field on every page header for typing in a text query without the need to open an entirely new page.
This will help the discoverability problem, and decrease WebmasterWorld bandwidth usage.

As for "Advanced Search", a link underneath the search field would open a dynamic dropdown div with additional parameters. No extra page load would be necessary.

Shouldn't hyperlinks (anchor tags <a>) be web standard blue?

I've also noticed other links on the site which have the same black color, yellow background on hover, and yet the font color changes to #ff0000 (full additive red) on the hover state.
Apart from being utterly annoying (giving me an optical migraine), these color changes don't seem to add any value, nor do they help links be discoverable.

For whatever ungodly reason, the global links are separated by commas.
A common metaphor for global links is to use pipes as separators:

Control Panel | Logout | Search | Glossary | Subscribe | Help | Library | etc...

Additionally, the breadcrumbs on this site look more like subfolder navigation when using the forward slash "/" as a separator.
The common metaphor for breadcrumbs is the greater-than symbol ">" or the right double angle quotes symbol "" (html number #187;) (html name #raquo;) as a breadcrumb separator.

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3:42 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I know, what is the deal with black hyperlinks?

I like your ideas about breadcrumbs and global navigation.

One thing...do you think the search dropdown div will be a problem if paranoid people aren't using Javascript? JS is great and I can't understand why there are still people who are scared to use its wonderful power.

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