Do you think it is a good idea to use colors for citations in the hard bound thesis(printed copy)?

I think it is a good idea to use colors to make citations more visible in the PDF files on the computer screen but not in the book.

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    I've never seen this before in a printed copy. In addition, a printed colour page might be more expensive than a page printed in greyscale. – FuzzyLeapfrog Feb 7 '17 at 21:13
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    Personal opinion here, but I'm not so sure that more visible citations are a good idea. I consider the text more important, and citations break its flow, like parentheses or footnotes. What are the arguments in favor of this? – Federico Poloni Feb 7 '17 at 21:50
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    @FedericoPoloni: I usually see it when the citation is a hyperlink to the bibliography / references. The color acts as a signal that "this is clickable" and shows you where to click. I don't think the visibility itself is the point. – Nate Eldredge Feb 7 '17 at 22:24

I agree, don't use colors for citations or any other text in print.

Besides being potentially distracting or harder to read, it's often more expensive to print.

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    And harder to photocopy. – Compass Feb 7 '17 at 21:15

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