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Underlining non-links

The Zombie: Underlining non-links

Always a Zombie? Yes (except for a very specific case below)

Severity: medium-high

Why is it a zombie: Causes a large user experience issue where users try to click on something that isn’t clickable. That can frustrate visitors and send them running for post-apocalyptic cover.

Cure the Zombie by: Only underline links. Never use underlines on headings or any other non-clickable piece of content. The one exception is when using the <u> element for it’s actual purpose, marking a misspelled word.