Google Chrome's latest update will help prevent misclicks


Tapping on a link before a web page has fully loaded is one of the 21st century's biggest risks: in fact, it's almost a given that just a moment before your finger touches the screen, the page will randomly shift upwards, resulting in a misclick. Well, Google's Chrome development team seems to have grown just as sick of this phenomenon as the rest of us, and has now implemented a fix as a part of the app's latest update.

The problem itself is usually the result of slow loading times: while text is the first thing to be displayed on a page, pictures can take much longer. So a page will start being pushed down by new images as they load, which can be extremely irritating for the user. Google's fix is called 'scroll anchoring' and it essentially locks the current view to a single on-screen element, so even if an image is loaded above the currently displayed content, the page won't shift downwards.

Right now, Google brags that it blocks an average of three jumps per pageview, but it aims to further improve the feature in the future. Web developers who experience issues with the feature can implement an optional CSS property to disable the behavior. The feature has been available for testing for some time, but as of Chrome version 56 it's shipped by default.

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