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The purpose of the hover state is to give visual feedback to the user highlighting an interaction opportunity, which does not necessarily require a visual highlighting. While it has commonly been implemented in a way where a solid and prominent color was lightened on hover, this is not the only valid use. The appropriate use will depend on the context and ...


There's a couple of CSS frameworks for Material Design, not including Polymer: Materialize: http://materializecss.com/ Material Design for Bootstrap: http://fezvrasta.github.io/bootstrap-material-design/ There's also https://material.angularjs.org/#/ if you happen to be using AngularJS, but that might be a little bit heavy for your liking too.


Which of these things is not like the other? I tried lowering the opacity to 50% to see how it looked and without the context of the mouse cursor this could be interpreted as a disabled button. With the context of the mouse cursor, however, I really don't think users would get confused. On the other hand, highlighting the button feels more inviting and ...


I see your point – but I'll try to explain in two paragraphs why I think it's not 'bad practice' at all, while personally I also dislike this effect. Trying to imaging the opposite approach: every element has an oppacity <1 and only the 'highlighted' element has an oppacity =1 does not feel 'right' or 'better' 'highlight' in the context of a group of ...

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