Re: links without underlining them?

Subject: Re: links without underlining them?
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 12:03:09 -0700 (PDT)

--- Glenn Maxey <glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com> wrote:
> Most browsers let you set your own colors for hyperlinks unless the webpage
> itself overrides them. Even then, your preferences can be given additional
> priority to override even overridden settings. The browsers also let you
> turn on/off underlining.
> Question: How can you get a webpage to override the underlining?

There are at least two ways that come to mind. One is to not allow the page to
set styles. In IE 5.0, for example go to Tools -> Internet Options. Under the
General tab select Accessibility and select the check box to "Ignore font style
specified by the Web Page." Netscape has a similar option for overriding a
page's styles with your own.

A second approach, and again I believe both Netscape 6 and IE 5 support this,
is to define your own stylesheet for all elements and disable other page's
styles in favor of your own.
> I'm documenting an API where classes and functions have underscores in the
> name. They don't read very well in links when the browser underlines them. I
> want to turn underlined links off for my readers (unless they override my
> settings).

You can't 'force' a destination browser to use your styles instead of the user
selected ones, but if they aren't overriding, you should be able to set the
styles you want. In a classroom setting, have everything set up before hand the
way you want it. (Of course that defeats the idea of the user having ultimate
control, but in a classroom setting that might make sense.)

Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com
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