A Pressing Matter

by Tom Kenny (@tkenny)

Cennydd Bowles highlights the problem with the terms “click” and “tap” and suggests we use the term “select” instead. I’m with Andy Clarke in thinking “select” isn’t as intuitive as saying “press”.

That’s smart thinking, but I’m not convinced “select.’ is the right word either. I can’t imagine talking an ‘average“ person through an interface and saying “Now ‘select’ the Submit button to buy (those ape action figures).’” That’s why I’m going with “press.’ because whether on an input type is physical or virtual, keyboard, d-pad button, trackpad or mouse, that’s what people do.

Source: http://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/blog/about/not-click.-not-tap.-not-select.-press

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by Tom Kenny

I’m a freelance web designer and front-end developer with 9 years of experience designing for the web. Follow me on Twitter here.