Sunday, December 06, 2009

Google fading in

Recently, the Google home page has been loading for me in an odd way: first comes the logo, the search field, and the buttons, all in an instant. And then, fading in over a second, comes all the links and text. And actually fading in, not blinking on like usual.
Do you have the same experience? Any idea how it's done?
... This is for Safari. I just checked with Firefox (Mac), and the text and links never arrive, it seems. Odd.
Just tried again, and this time the links did arrive after a couple seconds. Very odd.

I imagine the why of the matter is to make the page ready for use with optimum speed, without having to wait for less essential content, which then is loaded at leisure.

Google itself, as usual, to the rescue.
"... the additional links on the homepage only reveal themselves when the user moves the mouse."



Tommy said...

Interesting, I hadn't noticed that before. But that's how it works on IE-8 as well (the fading).

OK, I give, what's with the bar code?

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

It's one of google's "doodles" as they call their occasional alternative/creative logos.