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Wednesday 11.09.05

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Under Construction

Since launching PORT, we have had a hard time making our text links visible. I have been playing with some different options to rectify the situation. You may notice some changes over the next couple of weeks until we get it right. For now, the unread links are a lighter gray and the read ones, a bit darker. We hope this eases site navigation. Feel free to give feedback in the "Comments" below. Thanks again for reading!

Posted by Jennifer Armbrust on November 09, 2005 at 23:15 | Comments (9)


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On my screen, the "read" links in dark grey are indistinguishable from the normal text. How about using the light green from your logo for all links? I don't need a different color for read and unread links - I can remember where I have been.

SG

Posted by: Sagebrush Gardener [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2005 08:27 AM

Links are still too subtle. Use a bit more color, they can still be subtle.

Posted by: bradc [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2005 11:29 AM

I think underlining is a pretty universal aspect of a link as well.

Posted by: kmikeym [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2005 04:18 PM

I put together a little sample page implementing my suggestion above. You can see it here.

SG

Posted by: Sagebrush Gardener [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2005 05:56 PM

I think it works, nice tie-in with the bridge gif (bridges, yet one more form of link, ok sorry for that comment.)

Posted by: bradc [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2005 05:29 PM

> nice tie-in with the bridge gif

Oh, so that's what it is! I never gave it much thought and only saw it as an abstract design - space divided by lines. Now I'll never see it the same way again.

SG

Posted by: Sagebrush Gardener [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2005 10:04 PM

Thanks all for your feedback. Sagebrush, you have gone to impressive lengths to offer assistance. Much thanks. Of course, using the green is acutally fairly obvious and we have already played with it in the past and decided that it's a bit too punchy for our taste because not only do the links in the text body turn green, all the links running down the left-hand column of the page do as well, making for a somewhat chaotic design. I will keep working and reveal the final results, well, when we achieve them.

Posted by: jenn [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2005 11:04 PM

I'm glad you're considering revisions/refinement.

I fully agree with increasing the link contrast. I can't visually see that the link exists.

The "Read More" line doesn't consistently apply. Sometimes I need to read more and sometimes I don't...

I think the font size should be increased a couple of pixels or try a different font for the small size.

However, overall, I think the site looks and navigates excellently.

Posted by: 40mph_dan [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 16, 2005 10:31 AM

I'm glad you're considering revisions/refinement.

I fully agree with increasing the link contrast. I can't visually see that the link exists.

The "Read More" line doesn't consistently apply. Sometimes I need to read more and sometimes I don't...

I think the font size should be increased a couple of pixels or try a different font for the small size.

However, overall, I think the site looks and navigates excellently.

Posted by: 40mph_dan [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 16, 2005 10:31 AM

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