Discussion on: Designing button focus states for better usability

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Šime Vidas

I like GOV.UK’s approach; they use a heavy outline in a unique color that is uniform across all their focus styles. This allows the user to look for that specific color whenever they move focus.

.govuk-button:focus {
    outline: 3px solid #ffbf47;
    outline-offset: 0;
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Elizabeth Schafer Author

I agree — it seems much easier to follow focus when the style always looks the same. That makes a lot of sense but I don't think I'd ever had that thought. Thanks for pointing it out!

This is interesting though because while that outline looks bold and obvious to me, it actually doesn't have a high enough color contrast ratio in some cases (like when it's against a white background).

There's an issue in GitHub about it, but it was closed recently and I'm not sure why:

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Jack Buehner

I think it might be because there is also an issue about meeting WCAG 2.1 standards: github.com/alphagov/govuk-design-s...