Thursday, December 15, 2005

How come some links are a different color than others? Is there any way to stop that?

The designers of early web browsers came up with the notion of changing the color of links once you've clicked on them, the idea being that retracing your steps later would be easier if there was some "evidence" of earlier visits.

Eventually, the optional codes to allow this color shifting was proposed for inclusion in the official version of HyperText Markup Language. Once adopted, it became standard operating procedure for web page designers to include one color for unvisited links and another color for visited links. Thus began a great color-combination experiment for graphic designers and a long, strange journey for web surfers.

While many users appreciate the original intention of the feature, there also seems to be a large contingent of web surfers who want to have more control over those pesky "historical" links. If you fall into that group, here are your options.

For Microsoft's Internet Explorer, you'll find a very similar "History" section under the View menu. Select "Internet Options" and the "General" tab and you'll find the same options as stated above for the Netscape browser.

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