Phil Hayz sez:
<a href="blah.html" onfocus="this.blur();">Link</a>
Anonymous: "This technique impairs usability as one can not tab through links and form elements. If your site is geared towards all audiences, this technique is not recommended. Instead use onClick="this.blur();". This removes the outline on IE 4 and 5 on Windows machines only while keeping usabilty intact."
Jukka Korpela 17 May 2001 on alt.html: ... it's better than onfocus. Quoting my own http://www.malibutelecom.com/yucca/www/links.html#selrect :
"The following fundamental problem still remains: after following a link and returning to the page, the user cannot conveniently proceed by tabbing. Since the focus was deliberately lost, he has start over, from the beginning, not where he was. The point is that blur() doesn't just remove the dotted line; it removes the focus itself, not just its visual indication."
The bottom line is that attempts to remove the "hotspot line" are based on a misunderstanding: when successful, they remove a vital usability feature and, as a side effect, mess up keyboard navigation.