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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
03/13/04: Invisible links
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I finally realized that not having a web page is worse than
not being in the phone book, it's like having no phone.
Making a business card style page was no big deal, I just
saved my resume as HTML and uploaded it. That was so easy
that my dumb sister's chihuahua could have done it.
I made a bunch more pages and now I want some invisible
links to those from the front entrance page, some links that
only work if somebody has been told where they are hidden
and wipes their mouse over them to see them.
I know the colors for the background, text and links are set
in the line, but that is for the entire page. If I
set the link color to the page color, then ALL the links
How do I get around that?
use a paint program and capture a little block or bar of
page background. Save that as link.gif.
Then use that picture instead of the link text. For example:
(Delete the periods after the "<, that is just so that the example
code shows instead of it being a command)
<.a href=page22.html><.img src=link.gif border=0><./a>
And that's it. When you want to allow somebody to view
page 22, then you just tell them to wipe their mouse over
the spot where you got that little block hidden, and click
on it when it becomes visible.
If you know how to make pictures with transparent
background, then you can make one with writing in
page background color on transparent background, and
even spell out the name of the link. The writing will be
invisible until you wipe a mouse over that spot on the page,
but it will become visible then, because the selecting inverts
An example without the code revealing period is just
below here. Wipe the mouse over it to see it.
You can of course write anything you want onto that link
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