Re: WebHelp: Visited Links Are Multi-Colored

Subject: Re: WebHelp: Visited Links Are Multi-Colored
From: John Allred <john2 -at- allrednet -dot- com>
To: "Meryl R. Cohen" <merylster -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:01:58 -0600

Standards aren't such a bad thing. Some people can probably see appealing reasons to change the color of a stop sign. But, honestly, why mess with a universally understood symbol?

Every variation of the common link color scheme is symbology that users must stop and process. Many designers have eroded the convention of underlining links, already.

John Allred

On Jan 25, 2013, at 12:46 PM, "Meryl R. Cohen" <merylster -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Delurking ...
>
> Okay, this is based upon general CSS knowledge since I don't know RH. In
> CSS later statements override earlier statements. Later loaded files
> override earlier files. Specific overrides more general.
>
> The easiest thing to try is to put your link code at the end of your CSS
> file. If this works you win.
>
> But if RH has other CSS files that get loaded automatically and after
> yours, you have to actually think about this.
> Is there anything special and different about the multicolor links? Are
> they some type of header, for example. It looks like there is a text style
> of some type that is overriding your link style, and turning the text green
> again. But just the texty part, not the linky part. So you would need to
> add something to alter the text style, but you may not want to go there.
>
> Purple and Green happen to be my favorite colors, but I'm wondering why you
> want to change the default link colors that people are used to. Are the new
> colors better for screen readers, people who are color blind? Do they match
> the company colors in some way?
>
> HTH
> Meryl
>
> On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Keith Hansen <
> Keith -dot- Hansen -at- opensolutions -dot- com> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I'm using FrameMaker 11 and RoboHelp 10 in Technical Communication Suite
>> 4. My RoboHelp project is linked to my FrameMaker book.
>>
>> I'm using a CSS with my RoboHelp project. When users click on hyperlinks
>> in WebHelp, I want unvisited (unclicked) links to be one color (green) and
>> visited (clicked) links to be another color (purple). I have the following
>> in my CSS:
>>
>> a:link {color:#006600;} /* unvisited link */
>> a:visited {color:#4C00BC;} /* visited link */
>>
>> Most of the visited links in RoboHelp do turn to purple, but not all. Some
>> visited links are partially purple (the underline for the link turns to
>> purple), but the text stays green.
>>
>> Any ideas why this happens? Or how to fix it? Thanks in advance for any
>> ideas.
>>
>> Yours,
>>
>> Keith
>>
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References:
WebHelp: Visited Links Are Multi-Colored: From: Keith Hansen
Re: WebHelp: Visited Links Are Multi-Colored: From: Meryl R. Cohen

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