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Links are hard to see -- not underlined or using a highlight color

Links in the web app are extremely hard to see. For example, see this comment on a task:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/108390/todoist_links.png

The text "this article" is actually anchor text. I don't get why it appears slightly larger than the rest of the text, that seems like a bug. The web-wide standard here is to either use a highlight color (e.g. a soft blue) or some form of underlining for the hyperlinks. :-/

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Aug 17, 2014 - 04:32 UTC

Hi Andrew,

This was an update made recently to make it easy to go over your tasks. If we get more feedback about it, we may change it or include an option to override it.


Regards,
Clyde

Andrew Montalenti  premium
Replied on Aug 17, 2014 - 11:55 UTC

What do you mean, "to make it easy to go over your tasks?"

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Aug 17, 2014 - 12:48 UTC

Hi Andrew,

If you look at your tasks, the links are not emphasize in any way (no underline or different color). By removing these distraction, you should be able to go over list easily.

I'll report this to our developer to see if we can change the behaviour in the notes section. I'll reply to this thread if I have any updates about it.


Regards,
Clyde

Andrew Montalenti  premium
Replied on Aug 17, 2014 - 13:20 UTC

I suppose there is something admirable to the thought in that, but ultimately, links must show up in *some* different way (even if ever-so-subtle, like a dark grey instead of a black color) because otherwise, you'll have no idea it's a link and that it's clickable!

Adrian
Replied on Aug 17, 2014 - 20:52 UTC

Honestly this reminds me of when Apple decided to remove the tiny "notes" icon in iCal claiming it made it more "streamlined" ... but resulting in people having to check EVERY SINGLE ENTRY to see if there was an important note attached somewhere before deleting entries ... *sigh*

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Aug 18, 2014 - 09:05 UTC

Hi Andrew,

We're working on a fix for the links in the notes and this will be deployed shortly. Please let me know if you have any questions about it.


Regards,
Clyde

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Gary  premium
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 00:45 UTC

Any update on this fix? Or has it already been deployed? And could there be a setting for links in tasks?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 00:49 UTC

Gary,

Yes it was fixed. If you still have issues, try signing out and back in. Then clear the cache for your browser.


Regards,
Brendon

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Gary  premium
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 00:50 UTC

Any chance there could be a switch to show underline for links in tasks as well (not notes)?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 00:51 UTC

Gary,

We do not support putting lots of information in task names, but they are underlined if you hover over them.

Regards,
Brendon

Brandon C Smith  premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 06:38 UTC

Could you please clarify how I create a link to text in a task name. For example, I want the task name to be "Client Folder" and these words will be linked to a long Google Drive link. How would I enter this in the task name so I only see the words "Client Folder" and don't have to see the long Google Drive link? Thank you.

Brandon C Smith  premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 06:40 UTC

@Gary
A work around for you could be to simply add an underline using the shortcode in ToDoist to any hyperlinks you create, so you'll know they are links.

The code is %(u)YOUR TEXT HERE% - hope that helps

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 12:01 UTC

Hello Brandon,

To have a custom anchor for the link, please use this format:

URL (text)

For example:

https://todoist.com (Link to Todoist)


Regards,
David

Brandon C Smith  premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 22:06 UTC

Ok Cool. Thank you.

For anyone else looking to do this, you have to use the http:// part of the link when you are entering your URL and connecting to Anchor text, but not when just entering a URL without anchor text.

Also, if you want to manually add formatting to your Anchor text - say an underline so you know it's a link - you need to enter the formatting shortcodes outside of the URL (text), so and underlined link would look like this:

%(u) URL (text) %

Zabolotnaya  premium
Replied on May 06, 2015 - 01:14 UTC

Hey guys, did you switch the colouring of the links in the web browser again? Here's the screenshot from my Chrome, "Muse Themes" is a link, and it's the same colour as any text out there. However, the link is highlighted with red in your FAQ section, so it's supposed to be red.

My link has http:// in it, if you were wondering. Thank you!

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on May 06, 2015 - 17:29 UTC

Hello,

Thanks for your question! Text links in Todoist have never been red. :-)

In the Help sections the example with Google shows it in red because it's part of our style (we show all text links on the Help pages in red).

Sorry for this confusion!

Regards,
Galina

Zabolotnaya  premium
Replied on May 06, 2015 - 23:15 UTC

Hi Galina,

it's interesting that in the Help editing section you're showing the text styles that look different from what user is experiencing o_O

Back to the URLs — they were definitely underlined (see attached). Now they look the same as plain text, and it's a basic UX principle to have links treated visually different to help users to spot them momentarily.

In previous ToDoist versions we at least have had a chance to underline URLs manually, but it's not an option anymore. Are you planning to introduce different visual treatment anytime soon? It's extremely annoying, as I have heaps of links in my ToDo lists :(

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on May 07, 2015 - 01:01 UTC

Hi,

Yes, they were underlined in the past. We will consider adding more formatting options in the future. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Regards,
Galina