Mobile phones, use buttons or hyperlinks

22 Apr 2005 - 2:01pm
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Wendy Fischer
2004

Hi,

I am wondering if anybody know if there is any research regarding the use of hyperlinks over buttons in order to perform an action.

I've seen the use of both buttons and hyperlinks for WAP 2.0, but am seeing more hyperlinks as opposed to buttons. I am creating an xhtml page.

-Wendy

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22 Apr 2005 - 2:14pm
FelcanSmith, Mark
2004

I don't have research to provide, but my paradigm is hyperlinks for
navigation and buttons for *actions*; e.g. form-based actions (search,
submit, clear, cancel, ...)

I keep in mind (and would suggest others do too) that these are
guidelines, not hard and fast rules. There will inevitably be certain
circumstances which necessitate a deviation. Better to fit the model
correctly than force an awkward consistency.

(has anyone else ever noticed that the word *awkward* is an awkward word
in and of itself? I don't get to type it much, which makes the
experience of typing it awkward, and it looks funny too)

-Mark

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> Hi,
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> I am wondering if anybody know if there is any research
> regarding the use of hyperlinks over buttons in order to
> perform an action.
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> I've seen the use of both buttons and hyperlinks for WAP 2.0,
> but am seeing more hyperlinks as opposed to buttons. I am
> creating an xhtml page.
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> -Wendy
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22 Apr 2005 - 3:42pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

> I am wondering if anybody know if there is any research regarding the
> use of hyperlinks over buttons in order to perform an action.
>
> I've seen the use of both buttons and hyperlinks for WAP 2.0, but am
> seeing more hyperlinks as opposed to buttons. I am creating an xhtml
> page.

Another "experience not research" answer -

The browsers generally behave a little better with hyperlinks. The
phone is more likely to show effectively when a hyperlink is selected
than when a button is selected. Some browsers introduce interesting
rules for laying out buttons, but hyperlinks are more predictable.

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Barbara Ballard 1-785-838-3003
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22 Apr 2005 - 5:46pm
Jonathan Grubb
2004

> I've seen the use of both buttons and hyperlinks for WAP 2.0, but am
> seeing more hyperlinks as opposed to buttons. I am creating an xhtml
> page.

I generally follow the "buttons for actions, links for navigation" rule, but
I'll break it to emphasize or de-emphasize as needed.

I can think of at least one case (try to guess what it is) where links are
used because the page was converted from WML several years ago and nobody
has bothered to update it.

To complicate things, only buttons can submit a form, so you can't have a
field with a "Submit" text link.

Of course this is all anecdotal - I don't know of any public research on the
subject.

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