Hourglass cursor in IE?

30 Jun 2006 - 8:09am
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SusieComet
2006

Hello,

I am trying to figure out how to display the rotating hourglass cursor
after actor clicks on any button or link in my web application. App is
only supported by IE. This is a temporary fix to our latency issue... we
do not have the underlying infrastructure to support showing a "Now
Processing" type image or page.

TIA!

Susan Patrick
User Interface Designer
The Midland Company
(513) 947-6072

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30 Jun 2006 - 11:45am
adamya ashk
2004

Google is your friend: (First result on 'hourglass cursor')
www.webreference.com/js/tips/020323.html

2 quick suggestions
1. Indicate next to the link/button that the action might take some time.
2. Consider disabling the button/link once it's been clicked. Users
will frequently re-click thinking something is broken...

hth

-Adamya

> I am trying to figure out how to display the rotating hourglass cursor
> after actor clicks on any button or link in my web application. App is
> only supported by IE. This is a temporary fix to our latency issue... we
> do not have the underlying infrastructure to support showing a "Now
> Processing" type image or page.
>
> TIA!
>
> Susan Patrick

1 Jul 2006 - 6:38am
jbellis
2005

Susan,
1) Are you already familiar with the many JavaScript tips-and-tricks sites,
my favorite being DynamicDrive.com?

2) Here's the fundamental CSS to cite a pre-existing cursor style:
<style type="text/css">
<!--
myCursorStyle {
cursor: wait;
}
-->
</style>

It's not rotating. Unless there's now a rotating one built into the
technology, I guess you need to investigate the many options to implement
your own GIF for a cursor. Dynamic Drive has several scripts.

3) I'm especially interested in what technicality (is that what you meant by
infrastructure, or did you mean perhaps a physiological infrastructure?)
precludes your use of an intermediate message? Sorry, but among the most
common things in the technical world is to hear claims of constraints---in
absolutist terms---that are merely an expression of someone's unfamiliarity
with a solution. The last time this happened to me would have been a
monumental showstopper on a $1/2M project... and it was a brilliant .NET
developer who said "can't do it" but I found the answer in 1/2 hr. Story at:
http://www.usabilityinstitute.com/articles/moreTech.htm#freezing.

4) I documented just such a progress mesage solution in a recent article:
http://www.usabilityinstitute.com/reviews/freshbooks/freshbooks.htm#Progress
If yours is the one-in-ten genuine exceptions where it can't be implemented,
it's important to me that I document it.

In my article, I don't detail the actual code, out of respect for the
creator's copyright. But the code is easily visible to learn. You have to
sign up for their totally free account (spamless, zero-pain registration)
and invoke the function to upload a document. On the page where the "Save"
button is, look for all instances of "open_progress_window". I am not
reimbursed by this vendor.

If you need more details on any of these points, just ask.

www.jackBellis.com,
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5 Jul 2006 - 11:00am
SusieComet
2006

Jack,

The quote about the infrastructure came straight from the design
architect...
I'm not familiar enough with the actual infrastructure to argue with him.
An
expression of someone's unfamiliarity with a solution? Absolutely! You
nailed it.

Thanks for the tips, I think we're going to go with a simple css wait
cursor, but
will have to test it out in the portal environment to see if it works.

Susan

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3) I'm especially interested in what technicality (is that what you meant
by
infrastructure, or did you mean perhaps a physiological infrastructure?)
precludes your use of an intermediate message? Sorry, but among the most
common things in the technical world is to hear claims of constraints---in
absolutist terms---that are merely an expression of someone's unfamiliarity

with a solution. The last time this happened to me would have been a
monumental showstopper on a $1/2M project... and it was a brilliant .NET
developer who said "can't do it" but I found the answer in 1/2 hr. Story
at:
http://www.usabilityinstitute.com/articles/moreTech.htm#freezing.

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