Button's shouldn't have a hand cursor (part 2)(adamsilver.io)

3 months ago from Adam Silver, Interaction designer and interface developer

  • Julian Moosbrugger, 3 months ago

    I think buttons (on websites) should have a hand cursor. It's a learned behavior. A button with a regular cursor feels strange. 99 % of users would approve this.

    I think the main difference from a website to a user interface on an operating system like windows is that the user interface on an operating system consists almost entirely of clickable elements. It's very hard to find something not clickable (besides the background, duh!). Websites however are much more informative and they display a lot of information (text, images, ...) which is not clickable. Therefore the hand cursor is used on the web to make clickable elements more clear.

    What do you think of this?

    Also, thanks for bringing up this topic, I never really thought about it until now.

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    • Chris Gallello, 3 months ago

      Oooo very interesting point - that totally makes sense as to why the pointer cursor was used so heavily. The principle is less relevant these days as we have rich web applications that mirror desktop apps, but when the web was first starting (and when conventions were being established) it was certainly much more focused on content.

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