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2.2. A Sample Pattern

Let's start with a pattern that may already be familiar to you: ACTION BUTTONS (K4).[1] These buttons solve a common problem that customers encounter on Web sites: knowing what can and cannot be clicked on. By adding shading to an otherwise flat button, you make it easier for people to find your links. This visual illusion works because it takes advantage of what people already know about physical buttons (see Figure 2.1).

[1] Patterns in this book are referenced in SMALL CAPITAL LETTERS. The part in parentheses, “K4,” means to go to Pattern Group K—Making Navigation Easy and then to the fourth pattern in that section.


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