Hyperlink Navigation, New Windows and Colours
More on the site's structure and hyperlinks
The site's structure means that web-pages are in folders
appropriate to subject. If you use my <Back link at the foot of the page (as opposed to the browser's
own back function) after using a cross-reference link, then you may have
switched to another subject area. My <Back link would then take you back
within this new hierarchy. If the current window had been replaced this could be
confusing and difficult to navigate. However, since the design has
most cross-reference links open their own new window (i.e. the cross-references
that 'change the subject' in this way), you can simply close the new
window and go back to the original page if you want to pick up where you left
It's much easier to see that a new window has been opened if you can
ensure/arrange for new windows not to open full screen size (i.e. maximized).
I've tried to do this programmatically in most places. However (e.g. for those
I've missed or generally for other websites which may have links opening new
windows), if new windows are opening maximized and overlapping your current window,
then you may be able to configure/construe your browser to open new windows not
My pages should be just as readable in a non-maximized window assuming the
window is not too small.
Note that external links may be indicated with
>>, superscripted double chevrons
suggestive of going to another site. Exceptions may be where it's otherwise
clear that the link is external, for example, where the link text is also the
URL, or a link is included on a page or in a list that clearly indicates them
as being external.
A similar idea is applied to some internal cross-reference links,
which may be indicated with >, the superscripted single chevron suggestive of going to another
subject area. I've done this in the /Quotes section for example with some
of the links in
Quotes>, where it is a
visual cue to the fact that the article or quote is included primarily under
another subject folder.
A backward chevron is used on my <Back link, but may also be used on a
cross-reference link to suggest the link is back to something said
earlier. For example, in a series of articles where I'm expanding on
something that's been touched on before, and you might want to cross-refer to
what was said, I might use a link like this <[...].
^ Is often used to indicate a
As you would expect, 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
(that is, not visited recently, - the definition of ‘recently’
depending on your computer/browser set up).
For a cross-referenced link the colour may occasionally be darker to
start with (and will not change colour once you have visited it). This would be
to suggest (even though you may not have yet visited the page) that you can get
to the linked article maybe more appropriately from another area (i.e. an area
which is strictly more appropriate to that page's subject).
However, since a linked page if visited from anywhere on the site should have
the effect of switching ALL the links to it to a visited status, then, most
often, cross-reference link colours will behave the same way as a primary links.
- A cross-reference link is there because it may be useful to visit it from the
current page regardless of strict subject categorisations. Examples of
cross-reference links are on the latest updates page, where all the links in the
latest update list are cross-reference links. Here it is particularly helpful to
indicate visited versus unvisited links if you are checking out the site for new
articles. Other cross-reference link examples are on the
I'm cross referring you again to FAQs or Video material links. This
page also has pop-up window links.
Note that the links that can change colour will be a different colour again
(different from lighter / darker unvisited / visited colours) when active, that
is, when they are clicked.
A confusing description over all maybe, but hopefully the design will aid
navigation around the web-site.
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.