I am not sure what color links are on the ELU site, but they are really hard for me to see as I am red-green colorblind. Could we either change them to a color with more contrast or add a bottom border?


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    I thought the underlining was a change that had already been decided—is it still coming? The accepted answer to Hyperlinks could be improved for colourblind individuals from five years ago said that it would be implemented "in the next production build" but I don't know what/when that would be. Or maybe it was implemented, and then went away for some reason?
    – 1006a
    Oct 27, 2016 at 21:49
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    We used to have dotted-underline on links. See <this search>.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Oct 27, 2016 at 22:26
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    Recent question about the same issue: Link style on the main site. It's kind of discouraging that it hasn't gotten any response yet, but the SE team may be busy with other things.
    – herisson
    Oct 27, 2016 at 22:36
  • Wow, embarrassed that I didn't do the same research I would before asking on the main site
    – Unrelated
    Oct 27, 2016 at 22:41
  • It is unfortunately true that the difficulties of colorblind people are largely ignored by UI designers, even though 8 percent of the male population is color blind. It's not such a big deal here, but I've seen it in medical applications, etc.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 29, 2016 at 2:07
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    @HotLicks the problem is not where you see it. The problem is where you don't. ;) Sometimes I find out after years that there is supposed to be a helpful difference somewhere.
    – Helmar
    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:00
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    I find it very disheartening that this fix apparently was implemented and then taken away. That being the case, my guess is that it is not coming back. I have found a possible work-around, however. StackApps user Dennis created a user script to make links underlined. Unfortunately, I don't know how to run user apps, so I can't tell you whether this one works.
    – 1006a
    Oct 31, 2016 at 15:53
  • I brought up the link colours when the site theme was first implemented. Sadly nothing has changed. Nov 1, 2016 at 18:19

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For those of us who are NOT colorblind, this the difference between normal and red-green colorblind link colors:


(Image generated with Vischeck)

There are three styles here:

Visited link: This answer here
Unvisited link: post
Normal text: also suggests

Even in full color, I think the links need more contrast.

I also did some research on achrive.org and found out that the link style was changed some time in January 2014:

Beginning of January 2014
End of January 2014

This change removed the persistent dotted underline, but, on hover, an underline appears. There must have been another change later on, since this doesn't happen now either.

  • I don't think I'd ever realized there was a difference between visited and not visited. (But then I'm color blind.)
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 1, 2016 at 1:35

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