UX/UI Upvotes #1: Firefox Reader View

I shouldn’t just complain. User Experience and good UI design shouldn’t be one of those things you only notice when it is absent or doesn’t work.

Behold, the spinning blue circle thingy that spins while the page loads. It indicates a great many User Experiences That Suck. It might be warning you not to bother trying to click any give object because all of the objects will gleefully bounce around, away from your pointer as other newly loaded objects push them around the page. First down, then up, then back down, then up again, and so on.


Spinny Blue Guy was still going strong after I opened my screenshot utility, took a screenshot, decided to take a timed shot so you could see the tooltip, waited the ten seconds, and then got distracted reading the article.

Firefox‘s brilliant and beautiful Enter Reader View button does this:


Reader View changes the layout from the one on the left to the one on the right.

I want to touch on the two reasons the above example isn’t the best, so you can fully appreciate why those involved should be considered for sainthood.

  • The layout on the left is nowhere near as bad as it could be. There aren’t millions of items bouncing around and loading (they all loaded quickly and at once), there was no pop-up or modal layer advertisement to dismiss, and no video or animated commercials. Reader View hides all of those instruments of torture instantly without waiting for them to load.
  • On the other hand, Reader View sometimes doesn’t include pictures that are relevant to the article and which you’d like to see. But, in its defense, Reader View isn’t the only tool/feature to be frustrating when it comes to images. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed my mind about sharing an article simply because the thumbnail that lured me in isn’t the thumbnail Facebook (or whatever) chooses to display.

And this is a built-in feature, BTW, not an add-in! Go, Mozilla!

Update: Spinny Blue Guy was still doing its thing after I finished writing this post.


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