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Learn how to choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, legible type. Author Laura Franz shares how to create designs that maximize readability (and keep visitors on the page) by paying attention to details in size, line-height, line length, alignment, color, vertical space, and more. Laura also demonstrates how to incorporate web fonts, style type with CSS, and pick fonts that work well together.
In this lesson we're going to clear the browsing history so that links revert to their original unvisited style. You will need the files biblio-_serif_clearlinks.html and biblio_serif_clearlinks.css from the Exercise folder. You'll also need the Fonts folder with the web font files for Chopin Script. So drag a copy of the Fonts folder into your Exercise folder. That way, Chopin Script will load properly.
Open up the HTML file in the browser to see what we're working with. Click on a couple of links. Notice how the links turned into the visited state. There is a very subtle color change here. The visited links are slightly darker. It might be hard to see if you're viewing this video in a small size. But the links are no longer in their original state. They are now in the visited state.
This is supposed to happen, but when you're designing a set of links for a site, you need to be able to see the original version of the links too and as they convert to the visited style you will lose the original unvisited style. At some point you'll need to reset your links so you can see the original link state. You do this by clearing your browsing history. I'm using Firefox. If you're using Firefox, you can go up to Tools and Clear Recent History.
Always use the shortest possible time range to clear, because this action will clear your entire browsing history for this timeframe, not just the browsing history for this lesson. This should clear your links. You may need to refresh. Again, it's a subtle color change, but the links have all refreshed to their original unvisited state. If you're working with a different browser, I recommend doing a Google search using the terms clear, links, and the name of your browser.
This will help you find out how to clear your links. Learning how to clear the visited state so we can see the original unvisited state may seem like a little thing to learn in the midst of all this typography. But when you are designing a page, if you decide to change the color, style, case, size, background color, or font for your original unvisited links, you will need to be able to see them again. You will need to make sure that they look good and are working properly.
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