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Opera - non-underlined links

what have i done?



4:29 pm on Jan 16, 2002 (gmt 0)


Yesterday I finally switched to Opera.

Today I spent the day fixing my site so it views correctly in Opera!

Twice today I came here with seemingly insurmountable problems, each time I wrote a long detailed description of the problem, revising my message over and over until I had defined the problem entirely. Both times, the process of refining the question lead me to the perfect solution!

Now I just have a simple question - what have I done to Opera that has stopped it showing underlines for links?!

I have tested sites with Opera and IE, in IE the underlines show and in Opera they don't. It's not a matter of the site's CSS, if the site has CSS then Opera shows the link according to the CSS. If the site has no CSS, it defaults to no underlines.

I've checked preferences, and the only thing that seems related is the Page Style - Author Mode/User Mode. But it doesn't seem to be the problem, I am viewing pages in Author Mode and I am not using 'My Link Style'. If I do force 'My Link Style' underlines appear, but I don't want to force them, I just want it to default when the site hasn't specified it's own style.

Does anyone know why my underlines disappeared? Below is an example of a site that shows great big underlines in IE, no underlines for me in Opera. (note this is a charity site and I am not promoting it) :

Thanks for any suggestions,

(url on profile)

(edited by: Brett_Tabke at 5:14 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2002)


5:08 pm on Jan 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I checked it in Opera 6 and the links were underlined. Then again, "My Link Style" is checked off in my preferences.


5:27 pm on Jan 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to the forums Leo.

There are several settings that can affect it. First under Prefs->Page Style should probably be set like this [searchengineworld.com]. Notice how the my link options are set.

The other part is down under Prefs->Fonts and Colors->My Link Style. Click that and make sure underline links are set for both not visited and visited links.

Even with those two settings, a page can override your settings with CSS declarations.


7:12 pm on Jan 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your welcome and quick replies. I changed the Author Mode to 'My Link Style' and it does seem to work while not overriding the page's CSS.

I had assumed that setting the Author Mode to 'My Link Style' would stop CSS link style, doesn't that make more sense?

I'm sure that Opera was always showing underlined links when I first installed it, without that option being selected, but perhaps I just haven't slept enough lately...

Brett, in your GIF it shows 'My Style Sheet' as mime, can you explain the benefit of that? The default of 'blank' seemed to work fine but I'm interested in anything that may improve my browsing experience!

Another quick question : Opera email spelling checker? (one that actually replaces text) or alternately, a fix for Outlook Express to automatically open Opera when an email link is clicked? I've read that neither exists, but am hoping someone has found a solution...



6:43 pm on Jan 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator brett_tabke is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

>would stop CSS link style, doesn't that make more sense?

It does and doesn't. The problem is the "invisible link" syndrome. You have blue links, while some css sets the background to blue. It would take a very complex algo to figure which link authority was correct. In the end, (as much as I hated it), I had to agree with their decision. We'd seen so many pages that ended up with invisible links, that they just had to allow css to override it.

If you wish to have your link style applied all the time, you can also run your own style sheet. (not real fun).


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