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The ability to turn off animations in the browser by Gábor Hidvégi I


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Type: Bug
ID: 790355
Opened: 6/18/2013 12:27:01 AM
Access Restriction: Public
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this list, but not to the web, I've been working with it since
1999. My concerns about the destruction of our environment (thus the
extinction of species) and the growing hunger for energy (but the lack of
cheap renewable energy) have led me to ask developers to reduce the
energy-consumption of the websites we create. This can be achieved by giving
the users the ability to turn off animations browserwide to save energy and


a, Most of our energy resources pollute or danger the environment:
1, petroleum is still cheap, but it is going to deplete in our future, and
it's polluting
2, coal is polluting
3, solar energy is expensive
4, nuclear energy is dangerous because no governments can ensure the
guarding of nuclear waste for 10 000 years (until then they can be used to
build nuclear weapons for example by terrorists)

b, Even though the number mobile devices is growing, but the technology of
battery cells is developing much slower, leading to user inconvenience.

c, Website animations come with two problems:
1, they cost energy to render
2, many user interactions can only be started only after an animation has
already finished, so users' time is wasted
By summarizing these little seconds in global, we are talking about years
and gigawatts.


I propose to make two little additions to the browsers:

1, a global / per site setting to turn off animations
This can be done for example by setting the durations of animations to 0

2, a global variable that can be read to determine of the animation setting
This can be used by libraries like jQery to set their animation durations to
For example it could be read like this:
if (window.animationsTurnedOff) {

Gábor Hidvégi
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Posted by Microsoft on 6/20/2013 at 11:49 AM
Thank you for your feedback. We will take your feedback into consideration in our ongoing efforts to improve Internet Explorer.

Best regards,

The Internet Explorer Team
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Posted by IECustomizer on 6/20/2013 at 1:58 AM
Tools>Internet Options>Advanced tab, uncheck "Play animations in web pages"
also in IE10 your can use ActiveX filtering and tracking protection to block flash or just disable it from the Addons manager.