What Are Tap Targets

Tap targets are clickable areas on a website that are designed to be easily tapped or clicked on using a touchscreen device, like a smartphone or tablet. They are usually identified by buttons, links, or interactive elements that respond when touched.

Think of tap targets as the virtual equivalent of physical buttons or icons that you would press or click on with a mouse on a computer.

The purpose of tap targets is to provide a user-friendly and intuitive way for people to interact with a website without the need for precise mouse movements.

Tap targets are important because they ensure smooth and accurate interaction with websites on touchscreens. They need to be designed in a way that is easily distinguishable and accessible even to those with less dexterity or visual impairment.

By making tap targets large enough and adequately spaced apart, it becomes easier to navigate a website and activate desired features or links without accidentally tapping on the wrong item.

We suggest making touch targets at least 48×48 px, separated by 10 px of space or more, to ensure balanced information density and usability. A touch target of 48×48 px results in a physical size of about 9mm, regardless of screen size. 

Having tap targets that comply with accessibility guidelines, such as being accessible by keyboard navigation and providing clear visual cues, ensures that all users can interact with the website, including those with disabilities.

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