html/css question

Subject: html/css question
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:50:38 -0400

Wiser, and more HTML/CSS-proficient brains than mine are asked:

Can you tell me please why this specific code works in some browsers
and not in others? And what, if anything, to do about it?

The task:
An intro page contained links to several things, including the main
product documentation, the release notes, some white papers, etc.
It was pointed out that all the links were similar-looking, and the
most important one - the main docs - should stand out.

The approach:
So, in the <head> of my START_HERE.html page, I added this:

function displayResult()
document.getElementById("p1").style.textDecoration="underline overline";

Then, down where the link text is, I surrounded the href like this:

<button type="button" onclick=:displayResult()><a href="./001-011136-003_myproduct_5-2_webhelp_rev-a/startpage.htm" target="_blank">My Product 5.2.x Help </a></button><br>

Now, the appearance of the link is a nice, big, hard-to-miss button, in all browsers.
Unfortunately, it is a working link only in Chrome or Iron or Safari browsers right now.
It fails in IE9, Firefox, and Opera browsers... Click-click... nothing.
Well, not totally nothing - it briefly inverts when clicked, but it doesn't function as a link

Did I steal some deprecated code? Or...



PS: It doesn't need to be a button. Anything non-garish, to make the link text stand out a bit, would be fine.

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