SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Forum Mathematics Geek Agent Dwarf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Posts
    232
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Get rid of those ugly dots in IE

    Someone sent this to me on AIM:

    Code:
    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
    <!-- 
    function fixUglyIE()
    {
    for (a in document.links) document.links[a].onfocus = document.links[a].blur;
    }
    if (document.all)
    {
    document.PrxOff_onmousedown = fixUglyIE;
    }
    // -->
    </script>
    It removes those dots that surround a link when you are holding down the mouse on a link.

  2. #2
    Cult Space-Monkey Impulse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Calgary, AB
    Posts
    347
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I love you

    I hate those stupid dots.
    kyle//at//retorikmedia//dot//com

  3. #3
    Gone!
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Witty Location Parody
    Posts
    3,889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Those ugly but there for a reason dots?

    Accessibility!

  4. #4
    SitePoint Wizard Bill Posters's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,523
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by glenplake
    Those ugly but there for a reason dots?

    Accessibility!
    I think you may mean 'usability' in this case.

    Isn't this the old IE-specific, (image) link 'focus border' chesnut?

    <edit>
    anti focus border POV
    </edit>

    The focus border debate is a can of worms debate which has been discussed here at length before.
    Views are often polarised, sometimes heated, but always entertaining.

    Imho, the presence of the focus border isn't (or rather shouldn't need to be) a decisive factor on whether a site is usable or not.

    It can be legitimately claimed that the focus border can do more harm than good in certain types of sites.

    Imho, the bottom line is, if a circumstance and target audience is addressed more appropriately by its removal and/or the site is devised and designed in a way that its removal still leaves behind an interface that is both intuitive and effective, then kill it.

    There is no general right or wrong about its use or exclusion.
    New Plastic Arts: Visual Communication | DesignateOnline

    Mate went to NY and all he got me was this lousy signature

  5. #5
    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Melbourne Australia
    Posts
    6,282
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Using that script may harm accessibility in some situations. If somebody navigates using the keyboard, I predict they won't be able to click on this link because they won't be able to focus on it.

    For example, in IE you can navigate to a link and "click" it by pressing tab and shift-tab to select the link you want, and then pressing Enter. Try it. This is obviously more relevant if people need to use voice control, or don't have a mouse, or they have computer where a mouse is not an option.
    Last edited by mmj; Sep 1, 2002 at 04:26.
    [mmj] My magic jigsaw
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Bit Depth Blog Twitter Contact me
    Neon Javascript Framework Jokes Android stuff

  6. #6
    SitePoint Zealot want2design's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    132
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    um ... what dots???


  7. #7
    Gone!
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Witty Location Parody
    Posts
    3,889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by want2design
    um ... what dots???
    Press TAB a few times till you see dotted lines hopping from link to link on the page.

    Dan

  8. #8
    SitePoint Guru
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Karachi, Pakistan
    Posts
    913
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thomas is correct. It just happened yesterday night. For some reason my mouse won't work, so I was using Keyboard for all the things and if I had been on such a website using this script, I would definitely had closed the browser.

    Come'on. Start accepting the horrific fact
    36Host.com - $36/year web hosting [affiliates earn 30%]
    * Affordable Small Business Web Hosting since 2003! *
    "500mb space, 10gb bandwith, 50 pop/ftp accounts, php,
    mysql, pre-installed php scripts, 24/7 support & more...."



  9. #9
    SitePoint Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    809
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's not that bad really. You only see the dots for a second and then you go to the page you clicked on.

  10. #10
    Gone!
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Witty Location Parody
    Posts
    3,889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by Darin
    It's not that bad really. You only see the dots for a second and then you go to the page you clicked on.
    Unless its a framed page of course, but still no big deal

  11. #11
    Your Lord and Master, Foamy gold trophy Hierophant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    Lancaster, Ca. USA
    Posts
    12,305
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Personally, I happen to like the dots as they show me where I have been. I am a big fan of searching and using the right mouse button to return to the search results. The dots let me remember where I have been.
    Wayne Luke
    ------------



Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •