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    Wink Where is Dreamweaver Underline Button?

    I really like Dreamweaver, but I have one beef.

    There doesn't seem to be an underline button next to the bold and italic buttons. Why? Does Macromedia have something against easily underlining something? Or is it some way to be standards-compliant in a way I'm not familar with?

    Your thoughts?

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    They probably left it out because it won't get used a lot. Underlining implies a hyperlink. Website visitors tend to routinly click on underlined text expecting something to happen.

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    I agree.

    But if you want underlines you can simply go into raw code mode, and type <u> and </u> around your text.

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    <u> </u> has been depricated....I think

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    On the menu bar, Text -> Style -> Underline which puts in the <u> </u> tags.
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    Or just highlight the text in design mode and press CTR+U
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    right-click / style / underline
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    Actually, this has always bugged me, too.

    I actually created a CSS class for underlines, lest they be changed in the future. (I've GOT to use them, absolutely no choice.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggazillakilla
    Actually, this has always bugged me, too.

    I actually created a CSS class for underlines, lest they be changed in the future. (I've GOT to use them, absolutely no choice.)
    Why have you GOT to use them? Bold, Italics, and different sized fonts are used for emphasis. There are plenty of combinations you can come up with. Underlines should only be used for hyperlinks, and are not meant for plain text. As wmich stated above, it confuses normal users into thinking it is a link. I actually read in a different post that the only reason an underline was created was because in the olden days they couldn't get italics to print.

    I'm sure someone can find a better article, but read number 8: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990502.html

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    My sites help people pass standardized tests (such as the SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, etc.), and the organization that develops these tests uses underlines in their tests. I've got no choice--I've just have to emulate their style. If I don't, my stuff isn't realistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggazillakilla
    My sites help people pass standardized tests (such as the SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, etc.), and the organization that develops these tests uses underlines in their tests. I've got no choice--I've just have to emulate their style. If I don't, my stuff isn't realistic.
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    Thanks for the responses, it is good both to know that the tag has been depreciated and that there are other ways to skin that particular cat.

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    For accessibility purposes underlining text is no longer used in both web and print for emphasis because the descenders (of letters that do have descenders) meet the normal underline and can be confused. Emboldening and italicising are used instead. I just wonder at the sites you're involved in forcing this on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Colby
    Emboldening and italicising are used instead. I just wonder at the sites you're involved in forcing this on you.
    Who? biggazillakilla?

    He said that his site helps people pass standardized tests and to do this he has to replicate the tests (which use underlining).

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    Also, think on the professional level: certain types of citing requires the use of underlines (and quotes, italics, etc). Also in the legal field, on legal briefs and such, underlining is a key part of case sites.
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    Ensure you finish what you sta bronze trophy John Colby's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelsun
    Also, think on the professional level: certain types of citing requires the use of underlines (and quotes, italics, etc). Also in the legal field, on legal briefs and such, underlining is a key part of case sites.
    Not in Harvard, Vancouver, Chicago Manual, ISO or British standards. All these use italics and bold. To which standard are you referring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelsun
    Also, think on the professional level: certain types of citing requires the use of underlines (and quotes, italics, etc). Also in the legal field, on legal briefs and such, underlining is a key part of case sites.
    Traditionally, underlining is used to signify text that should be italicised in print. I have never heard of a case where it should be used instead of italicised text, although I'm always willing to learn Generally, it's one or the other and only underlining if italicisation (?) isn't available.
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