A Small Change to Link Appearance

Recently, I received a comment that the hyperlinks in articles are not always obvious given that unvisited links are in green and not easily spotted in the body of an article’s text.

I have tweaked the style sheet so that these links are now underscored.

12 thoughts on “A Small Change to Link Appearance

  1. Also, I find that the RSS feed for comments only seems to get updated when you post something. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

    Steve: I am using the out-of-the-box WordPress RSS feed mechanism, and have not delved into what triggers its providing you with new content on the comments threads. In any event, I will soon be updating to version 3.0 of WordPress, and any debugging should wait until then so that we are dealing with current code.


  2. I like how this caused the small photos to be underlined also. It clearly shows that these are functional thumbnails for larger versions of the files.

    Steve: This is an unintended side-effect of changing the method of defining the underlining as a bottom border rather than as text decoration. That change avoids having the underscore run through the descenders of the letters.


  3. Now if you would only please increase the font size of the comments.

    Steve: The plugin that allows changing the font size on the main page does not affect the comment pages. I will have to see if it can be adapted, but it’s not high on my priority list. You can adjust the text size with your browser independly of any features on the page itself.


  4. There is a cool feature in Firefox to change the text size of the entire page at once – hold control and turn the scroll wheel on your mouse. (I don’t have to use that feature though because my eyesight is good.)


  5. Yes, I know I can change the type size in my browser, I just get so tired of doing that when I visit here, and then setting the font size smaller when I navigate somewhere else. Anyway, just thought I’d put a bug in your ear. If you’d like help with it, let me know.

    Steve: At this point, I’m not making any significant changes until I have migrated the site to WordPress 3.0 which has major changes to the default theme on which my own theme is based.


  6. I’m still looking forward to a mobile version of the blog… I know you want one that works with blackberries as well as iPhones – the iPhone one I showed you works in WP 3.0, for what it’s worth.

    WordPress Mobile Pack

    WP Touch


    Steve: I plan to implement WP 3.0 early in July at which point there will be a PDA plugin added to this site.


  7. STEVE: BACK UP, BACK UP, BACK UP before you upgrade. about 3 of my WP installations got screwed up and forgot to back up 😦

    Steve: I always make a complete backup as I have had failed upgrades with simpler changes. The whole site is automatically backed up regularly too.


  8. Also, I find that the RSS feed for comments only seems to get updated when you post something.

    I think that is because comments only gets posted when there are approved, which tends to happen at the same time as new posts.

    I still have the problem when a large number of comments are approved, only ten of them show up on the RSS feed. This happens with both Google Reader and Mozillla Thunderbird. Maybe WP 3.0 will fix this too.

    Steve: This is a setting in WordPress which limited the feeds to the most recent 10 items. I have changed this so that it gives you the most recent 25, but in summary form rather than the full comments. Please let me know how you find this.


  9. Steve, I am using the Google RSS reader to view your site. I notice now that your posts come through in summary form, but the comments come in full length. That appears to be the opposite of the change you mentioned above. Is that what you actually intended? I’d prefer everything be full myself.

    Steve: I just pulled up the RSS feed for my site using Safari, and both comments and and posts appear in full format. There is no option in the site configuration to make the change selectively.

    One issue with RSS is that you have to be sure you are viewing “current” data. Depending on your RSS settings, you may be seeing old feeds that RSS retrieved some time ago when the settings were different than they are now, and you are seeing versions that are in your RSS cache.


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