Hi, I’m Brian Dys — a photographer from the inside looking out · a composer entangled in electronic music · a UX designer · a spouse, a parent, & everything in between.
I categorize <a> into two: Links and Actions.
Links will take you to another location, mostly for information while Actions could also do the same but with a more targeted purpose.
Links can be left alone in CSS – because they are buried in paragraphs or sitting beside other texts. Actions require styles that will enhance their usability – like padding to increase its active area (easier to click).