I've mentioned "spinner" on this page a bunch of times - I hope that's what they are called... "little animated-gif indicator AJAX thingos" doesn't sound quite right.
Anyway, just thought I'd mention this "issue" I've noticed quite a bit with people implementing spinners like so:
- Load spinner image in HTML
This is hunky dory - but accounts poorly for us wise folk using the no-script extension.
Everyone knows smart people use no-script these days, so developers often allow for this by putting something like "Dude, gotta have AJAXZ on! Lol!" on the page. If it's a particularly interesting page, then us smart no-script users will then "temporarily allow this page" and off we go. A sound user experience.
Well, a spinning spinner means the intertubes are calculating stuff. So just wait. And wait. I've got 20-odd tabs open in Firefox that have been spinning for months now that I can't close, 'cause I have a great respect for the spinner - They calculate the intertubes.
To us developers, spinners may just seem like stupid and incredibly tacky animated gifs but, to the public they represent an infallible direct command: DON'T BLOODY TOUCH ANYTHING AWWRIGHT?! JUST FEAKIN' WAIT!
I believe in some circles they call ’em “Throbbers”, although in other circles a throbber means something else entirely.
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And it’s still just so darned easy …
Yeah of course Sparkles. It is pretty easy, no excuse to be sloppy really.
By the way, never make your own throbber again.
Tee hee… make your own throbber.
Err. Shut up!
This little blog entry has most definitely inspired me to fix my recent band wagon hop on of broken throbber(ers): Err before they pop up everywhere I’ve been; like some rampant vagrant flasher that found an abandoned briefcase full of Viagra on the park bench. :)+’