I built a site for a client a while back with a lot of links to PDFs,
Word docs, etc. At the time, I understood the best practice was to
identify the link type and document size in parens after the link:
2007 Strategic Report [256kb PDF]
but I'm starting to feel like this junks up the screen a lot when
you've got a long list of links. I've seen other sites that put icons
next to each link, which seems useful for quickly identifying the link
type, but a ton of little icons is just as junky as text, if not more
I'm considering dropping the file size information, since download
times aren't such an issue any more (although my client does have a
certain number of visitors from developing countries) and maybe
putting the [PDF] tag in grey, so it's less obtrusive.
Is there a better way? Maybe I'm overlooking something obvious that
would be much more elegant.