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Re: Links vs. Buttons


From: Hoger, Jodie
Date: Jun 4, 2012 11:13PM

Hi Heidi. I would prefer the first as my SR tells me it is a link that I can then click on to go to the graph. The latter tells me it is a button which is something I would select to perform a function like signing up to an email list or something. Does that make sense? I didn't actually consider the way it looks though. Are buttons easier to see than links?

Jodie Hoger
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-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Heidi Jungel
Sent: Tuesday, 5 June 2012 7:11 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Links vs. Buttons

Thank you so much for your input. So, what you are saying is that if there
is a "close" option, you would prefer this be a link even though it goes

In other words, you would prefer this:
<a href="#"...>Close</a>
over this:
<button value="Close"©.>

Does anyone think that having the first would add to confusion? I am a low
vision developer who uses screen readers on occasion (when needed).
However, I have some vision, so perhaps my preference on a button is due
to the vision I have.


Heidi Jungel, UI Developer
Apollo Group | Product Strategy & Development

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On 6/4/12 10:38 AM, "Jesse Hausler" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

>I would ask for buttons on form submissions, but beyond that I'll take a
>link over a clickable <div> any day of the week :)
>On 6/4/12 8:15 AM, "Heidi Jungel" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>Good Morning/Afternoon
>I could not find anything in our archives related to this. We have a
>discussion in my organization regarding links.
>I find that many sites abuse the use of links and use links for
>everything- even button type action. I have often used the following
>"Links are for navigation (I.e. To another section of a page or another
>page). Buttons are for actions"
>However, I am a getting a bit of a push back on this. What are your
>thoughts on this? Are sites abusing links? Does using a button hinder
>the virtual cursor on screen readers (I have not seen this being a
>problem in JAWS 12)?
>We are just trying to get a guideline set for this for our developers.
>>Heidi Jungel, UI Developer
>Apollo Group | Product Strategy & Development
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