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Why an article progress bar might be a design step backwards


To give readers a better idea of the length of a story they’re reading, some publishers are using article progress bars to let readers know how far they’ve gotten and how much they have left. However, some designers say the feature is more distracting than helpful for readers. A better solution may be one similar to Medium’s, where readers are told ahead of time how long it will take to read an article.

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