Given that we are in an age where there are a lot of single page applications and AJAX calls are abound, are youtube style AJAX loaders a good replacement to the loading gifs? Its such a simple addition that makes a lot of sense. Is this usable enough to let people understand that we are loading some content and that loading bar is showing the progress?



  • Although simple, attractive and usually useful, I don't think we can say if it's going to be massively adopted or not. Some sites will use it, some won't.
    – PatomaS
    Mar 11, 2014 at 14:49
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    I voted to close this question, as it is primarily opinion based. Predicting trends is a guessing game. Mar 11, 2014 at 16:20
  • I agree, and I also voted to close. However, you could get the question on topic for this site if you frame it around the usability of the technique rather than its (potential) popularity. Mar 11, 2014 at 16:43
  • Progress bars aren't exactly a new concept.
    – DA01
    Mar 11, 2014 at 17:28
  • Thanks @CharlesWesley I have edited my question now to be less opinion based and more UX related. Hope this works! Mar 12, 2014 at 4:50


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