shouldn't visited links still use 'hover' properties?




18 years ago
18 years ago


(Reporter: rpertusio, Assigned: karnaze)



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18 years ago
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:0.9.3+)
BuildID:    20010805

Using CSS, shouldn't the properties of the "hover" state of a link still work
after the link has been visited?

An example:
a:link {
text-decoration: underline;

a:visited {
text-decoration: none;

a:hover {
text-decoration: overline;

I may be mis-interpreting the rules of W3C, but shouldn't hovering over a
visited link show an "overline" ??

This may be against the W3C rules, but I haven't found any W3C guidelines that
tell me what Mozilla _should_ be displaying.

I'm very sorry if I missed a W3C rule somewhere, or if this might be more of a
RFE instead.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
(I'm sorry, I have no example page or testcase at this point)

1. hover over an un-visited link  (link should change from underline to overline
2. click the link, and visit the page/link
3. return to the original page, and hover over the visited link.  (there is no
underline/overline, and doesn't change to overline when hovered)

Actual Results:  Using the snippet of CSS code above, hovering over visited link
does not show an overline, but keeps the 'text-decoration' to "none"  (no
underline or overline)

Expected Results:  visited link should have an overline when hovered, just like
an "un-visited" link does.

Comment 1

18 years ago
To be completely unambiguous about it, a rule like a:visited:hover will define
exactly what should happen to an element that is both visited and being hovered.
(Otherwise, i guess it goes by the order you put the style rules in)

However, in the current build of mozilla (Mac OS 9/2001080214), a
"a:visited:hover" rule seems not to have any effect (ie, behaves as though the
rule wasn't there). To be sure I wasn't losing my sanity, I tried
a:hover:visited too. Nothing. Searched the database for a duplicate. Nothing.

Comment 2

18 years ago
a:visited has no closing bracket. If you fix that, it works fine. :o)

can't reproduce on Win2K 2001080508 build.
if you can still reproduce it, please reopen.
marking INVALID.
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 3

18 years ago
Hrmm.. How dumb of me : I've spent a couple of hours trying to figure out what
could have been wrong. Doh! A simple bracket slips my eye.  ** reaches for
glasses **   

However, I might suggest "" open a new bug report for that
specific problem.  (I'll trust that the CSS specifications you gave are valid
CSS. I personally wasn't aware of those CSS specification you specified.)

emlynn, post to a new bug if you're sure it is valid CSS, because this bug wont
be looked at (much) now that it is closed/resolved/invalid/etc..

Sorry for the troubles!
Vrfy Invalid

Ryan: a good resource before submitting CSS bugs is the W3C CSS Validator at

Thanks for helping test mozilla :)

Comment 5

18 years ago
No,that's not a bug. I was playing around with the bracketless code, not writing
it myself. Stupid of me.  No bugs here, people, move along, moving along.
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