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    Question Why hyperlinks are blue...

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    While musing over my recently published article, Why are hyperlinks blue, I was left feeling a bit blue myself. Yes, it could have been the fact that I was evacuated and Hurricane Ida was destroying my home, Iíll admit. Besides that, I was also bothered by the fact that even though I was able to determine that Mosaic was indeed the first browser to use blue hyperlinks, I was not much closer to determining why the hyperlinks themselves were blue.

    Black hyperlinks had been the standard for many years, but why the sudden shift to blue? One can assume that it is because RGB phosphorescent monitors were becoming more readily available in comparison to monotone phosphorescent monitors that could only produce one color. Okay then, with a palette of colors to choose from, why blue? Why not green? Microsoft 3.1 had used green for hyperlinks. Surely there must have been something to support or inspire Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina on April 12, 1993 to make the hyperlinks blue, but what was it?
    I simply didnít know, so I published the article anyway and hoped the internet would do as it always does: thrill in pointing out when someone is wrong, in the hope that someone would know the true answer. I published the first article, a hurricane destroyed my home, and now two months later Iím once again sitting in my now gutted home with the miracle of the internet once again restored, and Iím back on the case.


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    Well, retail psychologists say the color blue (specifically royal blue) attracts the human eye, maybe this?

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    Black hyperlinks are easy to miss, if your text is black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jigglepete View Post
    Well, retail psychologists say the color blue (specifically royal blue) attracts the human eye, maybe this?
    Do you mean i/o psychologists? Or like, marketing? It's the dark arts of psychology.

    Red is actually the color that would attract the human eye the most; the problem is, that if memory serves correct, like 8% of males have some degree of colorblindness, and the color red can also trigger epileptic seizures. Blue can be seen by almost everyone, followed by yellow. Yellow is considered more attractive and eye-catching, but within the context of hyperlinks, I think it would be hard to see.
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