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From looking through the web at various buttonset examples, many of them have the hover and the active css style as the same. In other cases its quite different (with Active having a complete "reverse" of the hover style.

From a UI point of view, is this pure preference or is there any evidence that one is better then the other?

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If Safari's default UI is anything to go by, best practice is to have the OSX equivalent of :active (used everywhere) be very different from the default style, and :hover highlight non-obvious clickable areas (e.g. text in the bookmark bar). –  Denis de Bernardy Apr 26 at 15:51

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Well, I would suggest the 'evidence' that you seek is our move to a mobile-first mentality.

What I mean by this, and what I often ask when someone asks me to show them the 'hover' state.. "Please show me how you hover on an iPad/iPhone/Android etc."

The 'hover' state while still practical is going the way of so many other now out dated tags IMO. Sure it will still be needed, but by fewer and fewer users.

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So is your answer "it doesnt matter "? –  leora Apr 28 at 11:50

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