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    Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Hi;

    I have an intranet with many subwebs, and every one uses the same theme. However, my home page, and all pages in the top web, refuse to display hyperlinks in the color specified by the theme (purple).

    The theme is the web default, is being applied using css, and is specified in all pages. The hyperlinks are purple when browsed on the development server, but once published they are blue on production. If I look at a production page, then alter the browser address to that same page on development, the page refreshes with proper purple links.

    All the subwebs behave properly using the same theme. I can't figure it out. I'd love some help.

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    2 questions:
    Is the rest of the theme displaying properly?
    Are you testing the development/production webs from the same or different machines? (I'm wondering about browser settings).

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Everything else in the theme is fine.

    I'm doing everything from the same PC/FP installation/browser (working on development site and publishing to the production site).

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Not something simple like the browser settings taking over - or is it just coincidence your chosen colours are the reverse of what the default settings are below?
    What happens if you clear your history?
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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Hey - you are too fast! That's what I was gonna say. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    So have you gone purple or blue? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Clearing the history made no difference. But gosh, it seems you're right. When I checked the colors the unvisited links was set to blue. I checked with a user and her browser had purple defaulted for unvisited links, and she didn't set that herself. What's odd is that it only overrode my theme on production, not test, when I viewed them. Now that I've changed my color setting, everything looks right on production.

    Why would IE choose to override the color on the production site but not in an identical web on development? Weird!

    Anyway, thanks, that seems to be the culprit!

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    >> Why would IE choose to override the color on the production site but not in an identical web on development?

    I'm getting which colour should be which mixed up <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>, but what occurred to me was that on the dev site you had actually used the hyperlinks, so they had the IE "visited" colour, whereas on production - with the links pointing to a different address - the links had not been visited, thus showing the other colour.
    Or something.

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Nah, I've cleared the temp files about, oh, a billion billion scillion times. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> But I guess this fixes it. [img]/forums/images/smilies/ohmy.gif[/img])

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Just a note: some browsers/versions allow the user to override the css settings. And that's a good thing! For example, the colour blind user.

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    I've been around the building and this seems to be a large problem, and I'm not entirely convinced it's the browser's fault. Other people can view the home page (and other pages in the top web) and see purple links on dev and blue links on production. If this were indeed the browser's color settings, wouldn't they be blue regardless of which site I was viewing? Especially considering they are near identical.

    Since all the subwebs are behaving in this regard, could the theme's files be corrupt in my top web? The thought of removing and reapplying the theme to my home page level makes me itch all over. [img]/forums/images/smilies/ohmy.gif[/img]) There's a lot of pages I'd have to check, using the 'apply using css' option, I almost always have to edit many pages mannually.
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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Arrgh! This purple and blue thing, the reverse of most default browser settings is confusing. Personally, I'd change the colours to something else completely while I was testing - just to get away from the confusion.
    If you can open the css file (which are a simple text file) then it isn't corrupt. No, what I'm convinced is going on is some kinda cache (browser or server) issue.
    On another note: why the reversal of the blue and purple? Any novice will find it confusing as they move from outside sites to yours. Personally, I have to have a design imperative (like readability) to change link colours. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>, feel free to ignore.

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    This is an intranet site within FedEx, and all our intranets use purple (the same purple as the "Fed" in "FedEx") hyperlinks with gray for visited. Blue isn't used at all. Once visited they do turn gray, by the way.

    Although my memory is a little foggy, I believe the server has been rebooted since this problem started, so I suspect it isn't the server's cache. I suppose the only way to know for sure would be another reboot - not something I like to request. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    Okay - understood.
    what version of IE are your viewers using?

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    Re: Hyperlinks ignore theme color (2000/2002)

    A mix of 5.5 and 6.0.

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