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The focus state should be more obvious than the hover state A mouse over or :hover state is a more direct interaction (i.e. the user is controlling the mouse cursor directly over the button they want to click) The :focus state, on the other hand, requires a separate scan of the entire page in order to determine which component is currently being targeted. ...


Honestly, as long as your :hover state & :focus state are very clearly showing exactly which item will have action the taken on it, I can't see any reason to style them separately. :focus is essentially a keyboard hover. The previous answer is correct in saying that a :focus element should contain a box around it, but as long as the outline property ...

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