CSS on hyperlinks

Posted on 2000-04-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-25
Just out of curiosity, is it possible to color a hyperlink (or regular text) a different color than the underline?  For instance, if I had a green hyperlink like so:

<a href="somepage.html" style="color:green;text-decoration:underline;">

The link text and the underline would be green.  Could I, say, make the underline blue?  Thanks
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But what you can do is assign properties to the items in layers...

And no, I have not done it so don't ask me to do it for you...

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Do you happen to know of a web site that might reference assigning properties in layers?  This sounds interesting.  Thanks  ;)
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Look into the <ilayer> and <layer> tags, in NN the link is  For IE you can use the <div> tag and z-index refs in CSS.

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why don't you do somehting a lot simpler and use images. Save them as gifs and they will be pathetically small.

IMHO this way is a lot simpler:-)

It does matter about the formatting tho'

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The answer to your question is: in theory, yes.

You'll have to wrap the link in a SPAN though, and assign the underline color to the SPAN.  E.g:

<span class="blackLine"><a href="..."> ... </a></span>

and then:

<style type="text/css">
..blackLinke {
  text-decoration: underline;
  color: black;
  background: transparent;
..blackline a:link {
  color: red;
/* etc, etc */

You'll maybe have to add 'text-decoration: none;' to the link.

The underlining should be kept throughout the element, see for an example (although they don't use links).

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This is just what I was looking for.  Thanks a bunch!

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