For context, I'm a web developer implementing a project using Material-UI a React framework that implements Google's Material Design.
One of the difficulties I'm having with the Material UI API documentation is that it doesn't provide much context for the purpose of it's various contexts.
For example - the CardActionArea component just says
The API documentation of the CardActionArea React component.
So I've been going back to the source to understand what we mean by 'Card Action Area' (and how this differs from 'CardActions').
So the original Material documentation for Cards goes into a bit more detail:
Cards are surfaces that display content and actions on a single topic...
The primary action area of a card is typically the card itself. Often cards are one large touch target to a detail screen on a subject.
Oh god, I've solved it. This question feels too well written to discard it now.