Do you know why the links are mostly blue? The answer can be found decades ago


Every internet user is sure to get used to the blue text of the links by default. This is one of the unshakable defaults of the internet, and the color choice of the links is not to be questioned much. But why blue, and not red, for example?

The history of blue links has been broken On the Mozilla blog. The choice of color became topical in the 1980s as color displays became more common. The earliest references to blue links point to the University of Maryland, where the professor Ben Shneiderman and the students who assisted this studied hyperlinked texts of different colors in the late 80s.

According to Shneiderman, the red links stood out very clearly from their background, making it a viable alternative to blue. However, the red text was a little difficult to read, which affected readers ’ability to understand what they were reading. Blue stood out equally well from the black and white background, and the color had no effect on the internalization of the text read.

The role of the color blue was further strengthened at conferences held in 1987-88 to develop standards for hypertext. At the turn of the decade, attention was paid to the color of the links, especially in terms of readability. Also known as the father of the web Tim Berners-Lee participated in workshops looking for the most appropriate color for the links.

Over time, blue began to gain an unofficial position as the general highlight color of software. This was reflected not only in the hyperlinks, but also in the operating systems. It should also be noted that the shade of blue used darkened slightly in the early 1990s. Prior to this, a lighter shade of blue was used in the links.

Finally, the blue hyperlink was cemented by Mosaic, the most widely used web browser in the early 1990s. In the footsteps of Mosaic, the default color blue has been relied on by later browsers.

In hindsight, blue text is therefore a good choice because it does not cause problems for color-blind people. Red-green blindness is the most typical form of color blindness, but there are far fewer problems in distinguishing blue.


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