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Guidelines for pointer click animations

Use pointer animations to provide users with visual feedback of a tap or click on an item. The pointer down animation is played when a user taps or clicks on an item. The animation slightly shrinks the item to indicate that it is pressed. The pointer up animation is played when the tap or click is released. This animation restores the item to its original size, to indicate that it has been released.


  • When you use a pointer up animation, be sure to trigger the animation immediately when the user releases the tap or click. It is critical that the pointer up animation appears quickly. This provides instant feedback to the user that their action has been recognized, even if the action triggered by the tap or click (such as navigating to a new page) is slower to respond.

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