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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Nofollow in Firefox

A nice way to visualize which links use the new "nofollow" relation is to include a special user-stylesheet into Firefox. To do so, you need to install the Web Developer extension (unfortunately, Firefox doesn't allow an easy way to include user-stylesheets via the native menu).
Once you've got this extension running (this needs a restart after installation) you can right-click any page and select Web Developer -> CSS -> Add User Style Sheet. Now you select a simple text file with the extension *.css (you may want to call it "user.css" and put it right on the desktop), in which you saved the following lines:

    background-color: red !important;
    color: white !important;
    font-weight: bold !important;
    text-decoration: none !important;

This will instantly reformat all "nofollow" anchors on the page to have white-on-red colors – no need to check the HTML source for what's happening. And here's a nofollow link to for you to easily try it.

Note you can't add a persistent user-stylesheet this way; you need to add it via the Web Developer extension for every new page you are visiting. There are other ways to include a persistent user-stylesheet, i.e. you can just locate the Firefox default browser style ("userContent.css") and add your own CSS fragment at the end.


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