I have already looked at these:

1. WCAG 2.1 for Target size
2. button sizes on web pages on Stack Exchange
3. Material Design Google Guidelines for Buttons
4. Spacing between UI components on Stack Exchange
5. Proposed SC Target Size on W3C

None of these tell us for certain what is the minimum spacing required between two click targets on Desktops while being compliant to WCAG AA. Either I am missing the term that is being used to define this in WCAG Guidelines or this is not defined yet. If this is not defined yet then how much space (in pixels) should I be keeping between two click targets?

Also if possible please guide on the minimum size required for related UI Elements such as Buttons, input boxes, radio and check boxes and Links for being AA Compliant on Desktops.

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    I don't think there is a minimum space between targets as long as the targets are well defined and of a reasonable size - What you're looking at is the application of Fitt's Law: the relationship between the time taken to move to a target and the size of the target - Rather obviously, larger targets are easier to hit. I believe the minimum for mouse at 72ppi is >44px by >44px and for touch, research suggests something like >16mm by >9mm May 8, 2018 at 11:03

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To my knowledge there isn't a minimum space between clickable/tappable elements set by WCAG AA guidelines. I would leave what you deem acceptable.

But there are some guidelines out there that may provide some food for thought:

The BBC have their own guidelines of button sizes and padding which can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/futuremedia/accessibility/mobile/design/touch-target-size . They recommend a touch target size of 7-10mm (approx. 26px - 37px) with a 7mm exclusion zone (padding) around them on mobile.

44px x 44px is Apple's guidelines for the minimum for a tappable button, this should be enough for the tip of a thumb to tap it. (a full width thumb press is 72px x 72px).

There are varying measurements on buttons etc so depends on what criteria you are wanting to meet. See here more information here:

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