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Rule n° 134 - Underlining is reserved for links.

Internet users are used to associating underlined content with links. Underlining content that is not links will cause unnecessary clicks. Be careful, this rule does not mean that you have to underline your links.

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  • Prevent pointless clicking on underlined content perceived as hyperlinks.
  • Simplify the identification of links.


Do not use the underline for simple text or items that are not links.

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On each page containing underlined content:

  • Identify the underlined texts on the site;
  • Check the nature of this content to verify whether they are hyperlinks.

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Business application and benefits

The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.

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The objective of these rules and the Opquast community mission is ‘making the web better’ for your customers and for everyone! Opquast rules cover the key major areas of risk that can negatively affect website users such as privacy, ecodesign, accessibility and security.

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