The success of a product’s interface was dependent upon how well the designer understood 2 parties: the human using it, and the capabilities of the machine on which the software ran.
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A common problem in apps is when active elements have active areas the size of the content.
For example, a small text at around 12px will be easy to miss when tapped. Apart from this, it presents anxiety to the user that he/she might miss it when it needs to be tapped.
The solution is simply increasing the size of the active area thru Padding.
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<a> packs a solid punch when it comes to the world of web.
It can contain information and most of all it is a point of interaction.
You tap it, you click it, you do something to it and it responds.
So it is very important that links, buttons and any active area (clickable, draggable, or can be interacted with) on your web product (websites and webapps) is padded or has enough area to be easily interacted with.
How to pad elements? Simple. Add padding and dimensions (width and height).
Here’s an example:
Here’s another usage wherein the visual element is actually small but the active area is large enough for pointing devices. You may imagine this as a toolbar icon the size of an ant but the surrounding area is clickable.
In the example above, you will notice in the CSS tab that I included Framing. Framing is simply wrapping an element in a <span> or <div> for the purpose of styling it independently from the surrounding elements.
Here’s another example of Framing and Padding a link with fixed dimensions: