Buttons shouldn’t have a hand cursor part 2

In Buttons shouldn’t have a hand cursor I explained that the hand (or pointer) cursor doesn’t mean clickable and that it’s meant to signify a link.

However, there were some important things I didn’t address: why did we start using the pointer cursor in the first place? Are conventions on the Web different to the OS? Have things changed? How does all of this affect users?

# The history of the pointer cursor

In response to part one, Mark Griffiths explained the history behind the pointer cursor.

It first appeared in Apple’s HyperCard in 1987. It was used to signify

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