Tag: Buttons

Breakout Buttons

Andy covers a technique where a semantic <button> is used within a card component, but really, the whole card is clickable. The trick is to put a pseudo-element that goes beyond the button, covering the entire card. The tradeoff is that the pseudo-element sits on top of the text, so text selection is hampered a bit. I believe this is better than making the whole dang area a <button> because that would sacrifice semantics and likely cause extreme weirdness for assistive technology.

See the Pen
Semantic, progressively enhanced “break-out” button
by Andy Bell (@andybelldesign)
on CodePen.

You could do the same thing if your situation requires an <a> link instead of a <button>, but if that’s the case, you actually can wrap the whole area in the link without much grief then wrap the part that appears to be a button in a span or something to make it look like a button.

This reminds me of the nested link problem: a large linked block that contains other different linked areas in it. Definitely can’t nest anchor links. Sara Soueidan had the best answer where the “covering” link is placed within the card and absolutely positioned to cover the area while other links inside could be be layered on top with z-index.

I’ve moved her solution to a Pen for reference:

See the Pen
Nested Links Solution
by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier)
on CodePen.

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Weekly Platform News: Emoji String Length, Issues with Rounded Buttons, Bundled Exchanges

In this week’s roundup, the string length of two emojis is not always equal, something to consider before making that rounded button, and we may have a new way to share web apps between devices, even when they are offline.

The JavaScript string length of emoji characters

A single rendered emoji can have a JavaScript string length of up to 7 if it contains additional Unicode scalar values that represent a skin tone modifier, gender specification, and multicolor rendering.

(via Henri Sivonen)

An accessibility issue with rounded buttons

Be aware that applying CSS border-radius to a <button> element reduces the button’s interactive area (“those lost corner pixels are no longer clickable”).

You can avoid this accessibility issue in CSS, e.g., by emulating rounded corners via border-image instead, or by overlaying the button with an absolutely positioned, transparent ::before pseudo-element.

(via Tyler Sticka)

Sharing web pages while offline with Bundled Exchanges

Chrome plans to add support for navigation to Bundled Exchanges (part of Web Packaging). A bundled exchangeis a collection of HTTP request/response pairs, and it can be used to bundle a web page and all of its resources.

The browser should be able to parse and verify the bundle’s signature and then navigate to the website represented by the bundle without actually connecting to the site as all the necessary subresources could be served by the bundle.

Kinuko Yasuda from Google has posted a video that demonstrates how Bundled Exchanges enable sharing web pages (e.g., a web game) with other devices while offline.

(via Kinuko Yasuda)


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