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A Guide To Hover And Pointer Media Queries

March 31, 2022
A Guide To Hover And Pointer Media Queries

The Internet is filled with a lot of interactivity, and more often than not the way we choose to show we can interact with an element is by using the hover pseudo-class. After all, changing an element a bit when you put the cursor on it ends up being a good indicator of whether the element is interactive or not.

The main issue with this approach is when we remember the vast amount of devices we can use to browse the web: you could be reading this article right now on a cellphone, a tablet, or even on a Smart TV!

This usually isn’t a problem, because the loss of interaction isn’t a big deal. But in some cases, not taking into account the variety of devices people use can create some usability and accessibility issues on your site.

Thanks to CSS, we can detect those nuances by using four media queries (or, to be more specific, media features): hover, pointer, any-hover, and any-pointer. In this article, I will talk in detail about each one of them and show some examples of how to use those media queries to adapt your sites to the different devices available today.

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