Hyperlink Navigation, New Windows and Colours
Ordinary (primary) links update the current window. Some internal cross-reference links
may also update the current window (- for example if
navigation options on the footer bar allow you to get straight back).
However, in most cases where I have links which ‘branch
off’, for example, to another website, or to a different subject in my site,
I’ve figured that it could be difficult to find your way back from these
cross-references, so my preference is to open cross-referred content in a new
I’ve enhanced the way that cross-reference
links operate after some complaints about the site being difficult to
To make it clearer I’ve added some script
controls to open new windows not fully sized. The fact that the original
window has not been replaced is more apparent this way
[more on the
My cross-referral links are often indicated
with superscripted chevrons> to give a clue to their behaviour
before the link is clicked. I’ve also typically included hints, which appear
while the mouse is hovering over the link.
More on the Site's Structure and Hyperlink Types
Web-pages are organised by subject. After a cross-reference link you've
switched subject. My <Back link would then take you back
within new hierarchy. If the current window was replaced this could be
confusing and difficult to navigate. However, since most cross-reference links open their own new window you can simply close
this and go back to the original page if you want to pick up where you left
Note that external links may be indicated with
>>, superscripted double chevrons
suggestive of going to another site.
Some internal cross-reference links may be indicated with >,
the superscripted single chevron suggestive of going to another subject area.
A backward chevron is used on my <Back link.
^ Is often used to indicate a
Hyperlinks are a different colour to the normal text.
For most of the site the link colour will be a lighter
blue until the link has been visited, then it will be dark-blue.
However, the hyperlink colours may vary along with the colour of the normal text
in different areas of the site. For example, in the ‘Shrooms’ section I have
gone for normal text colour of brown, so the hyperlinks colours have been
changed to a warmer set of colours to match.
In any case, a lighter coloured link will take you to an unvisited web-page.
[more on hyperlink colours and
In summary, cross-reference links can open a new window and lighter links will become darker after you have visited them,
so you can easily see what remains unvisited. If you visit all the lighter
links then you won't have missed any area of the site.