How to combat modern crappy websites?

Paul Hänsch paul at
Tue Apr 26 14:07:37 UTC 2016

On 2016-04-26 08:55, Paul sutton wrote:
> loading button, written in pure css
> shows what IS possible, and how much css / html have matured.

That's just an animation right? Not an actual progress bar. It looks  
nice anyway.

There is a somewhat more dire problem when offering file uploads. Most  
browsers don't display a good upload bar on their own and the website  
just stalls while an upload is in progress.

After our mail exchange yesterday I've been playing around with HTTP  
chunked encoding. Here is a live chat that works without page  
flickering or polling. I've even tested it in Links2 ;-)

Test it in different browser windows. There is a sourcecode link on the  
top right of the page.

The same technique might be usable for live progress bars. I came up  
with it after I remembered a conversation i've been having with a YaCy  
developer. The YaCy interface uses chunking to deliver the latest  
search results even seconds after a response page has been loaded.  
There are probably other implemenations around, this must have been  
working since the nineties.

I'm also working on some (better looking) CSS demos for different stuff.
Paul Hänsch                     █▉            Webmaster, System-Hacker
Jabber: paul at    ▉▉     Free Software Foundation Europe
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