|Links should clearly be identifiable as links to readers.|
Refrain from implementing colored links that may impede user ability to distinguish links from regular text, or color links for purely aesthetic reasons. See the guides to editing articles for accessibility at contrast and navbox colors.
In Wikipedia, the color of a link shows the status of the corresponding target page. The default colors (in the Vector skin) have the following meanings: See also Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility/Colors.
|blue link||link to a Wikipedia page that currently exists||#0645AD = rgb(6,69,173)|
|dark blue link||link to a Wikipedia page that exists and that you have visited||#0B0080 = rgb(11,0,128)|
|red link||link to a page that does not currently exist within Wikipedia||#BA0000 = rgb(186,0,0)|
|light brown link||link to a Wikipedia page that does not exist, but that you have visited||#A55858 = rgb(165,88,88)|
|brown link||link to a very short article within Wikipedia, but only if the user has set a preference option to format "stub" links in this way||#772233 = rgb(119,34,51)|
|light blue link 1
light blue link 2
|link to a page at another wiki, usually another Wikimedia project or an external link
Note that the light blue color is used whether or not the page actually exists at the target wiki. For example, there is an article about George Washington Carver here on the English Wikipedia, while there is no article of the same name on the Japanese Wikipedia; but they do have an article about the same man under a different title.
|#3366BB = rgb(51,102,187)|
|purple link||link to a page on another site that has been visited||#663366 = rgb(102,51,102)|
Note that the colors in the boxes may appear darker than text of the same color; also, larger or bold text will tend to look darker. Furthermore, the actual color seen by a user will vary slightly according to their operating system, desktop settings, and browser, as well as their monitor and (for low-end LCDs) viewing angle. Logged-in users can also change the colors they see by selecting a different skin or using custom CSS.