Joined May 2013

Justyn Spooner

Leamington Spa

Posted to Pull to refresh. For the web. over 1 year ago

I've just visited and I'm not sure where you'd use this?

The kind of places where pull to refresh works well is where you have content that often changes AND appears before the fold of a page. It's not good having to scroll to the top of the page to refresh to then have to scroll back down the page to try and find your place again.

There may be some perfect examples of where pull to refresh works, but I can't see it just yet. I would love to see some examples of pull to refresh that really complements the content it is refreshing. I'm thinking of sites like Twitter, Facebook but this has already been solved with push style updates. Also, for mobile devices, you already have a refresh button within reach at all times within the browser you are using. The control just feels a bit gimmicky at the moment but I'm open to being enlightened!

Separate to this, its implementation also throws up some alarm bells. Having the page reload as soon as you hit the top is really going to frustrate users if they just wanted to move back to the top of the page and not have the whole page reload. Pull to refresh implemented on the iPhone, for example, provides a tactile threshold. You have to pull to refresh, not just reach the top of the view.

Pull to refresh should also be used sparingly and in the right context. I can see developers seeing a lib like this and jumping at it just to say that they have "Pull to refresh" in their project and inadvertently cause their users a real headache when visiting their site.

I'm seeing this from the point of view of an iOS developer and was just curious to get some thoughts of this controls use in the real world.

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