RE: Low end users

by Stephen Johnston <pepe(at)>

 Date:  Mon, 15 May 2000 22:10:44 -0700
 To:  hwg-techniques(at)
 References:  kpurtell
  todo: View Thread, Original
At 06:33 PM 5/15/2000, you wrote:
>At 09:55 15/05/00 -0500, Keith Purtell wrote:
>>I don't think even the middle users are being well served. Research shows
>>that the average person gets irritated if they have to wait more than one
>>full second for a Web page to load
>>(, and yet I've heard that the
>>typical Web user now waits more than 20 seconds for a page to load. There
>>seems to be a huge disconnect between designers and their audience.
>I think it depends on "how vital is the information on that page" - that's 
>a big factor in how long someone will wait.

Another factor is the type of content the user expects. A person going to a 
site for the purpose of viewing Flash files expects to wait a little 
longer. A person going somewhere for pure information purposes is not 
looking for unnecessary (read long loading) page elements.

-Stephen Johnston

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