Fine Point #6: Underlining

There is an easy rule when using underlining in web pages. Don't. Links are automatically underlines and when people start underlining regular text, users get confused. Less experienced users think the link is broken.

How do you get around underlining? Use italics or bold. Book titles should be italized.


  1. Link or book title? Catcher in the Rye or Catcher in the Rye or Catcher in the Rye - None of them are links, but the 1st and 3rd ones might be confused as links.

This page was designed by Dan McDowell for the Triton and Patterns Projects of San Diego Unified School District. Last updated July 5, 1999.

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