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Re: Flipping url-show-status default

From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: Re: Flipping url-show-status default
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2010 09:54:11 -0500
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On Sat, 02 Oct 2010 03:34:36 -0400 James Cloos <address@hidden> wrote: 

>>>>>> "TZ" == Ted Zlatanov <address@hidden> writes:
TZ> Why not show something if the connection is hung, which is the
TZ> exceptional case?  % completed, byte count, and MIME type are
TZ> completely useless information in the vast majority of the use
TZ> cases.

JC> Most browsers show that info, especially % completed.  IME that is
JC> a good and useful thing.

If you're loading a large file, yes (in the download manager, not in the
main window).  But the vast majority of use cases for HTTP are tiny
files and a progress bar for each one would be pointless.

Google Chrome, for instance, tells you it's loading the page, but not
each element within it.  There is no progress bar.  Mozilla Firefox
shows a tiny unobstrusive inaccurate progress bar for the whole page
in the lower left corner.

My proposal was to show the URL download progress in an unobstrusive
way, not to hide it altogether.


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