Busy indicator

A busy indicator informs the user about the status of an ongoing process to reduce uncertainty.

Usage

When to use

Use busy indicators in the following cases:

  • For activities (short, indeterminate) requiring user attention.
  • To display the status of a process.
  • To notify users that something is loading.

General construction

A busy indicator consists of the following elements:

Busy indicator construction

1. Progress ring, 2. Background ring

1. Progress ring

  • An animated circle shows that something is loading at the moment.

2. Background ring

  • The background ring describes the busy indicator.

Options

The following busy indicator options are available:

Sizes

Busy indicator sizes

1. tiny (16px), 2. small (24px), 3. medium (48px), 4. large (96px)

Behavior

Placement

  • If a busy indicator is triggered by an element or component, place the spinner in that component / element and disable the element while the busy indicator is visible.
  • You can place the busy indicator at a point where the user’s attention is required.

Style

This chapter shows several busy indicator styles in the design system.

Overview

Textfield with tiny busy indicator

Textfield with tiny busy indicator

List element with small busy indicator

List element with small busy indicator. An example used to show the status loading for an element.

Leading region with medium busy indicator

Leading region with medium busy indicator

Examples

Main region with large busy indicator

Main region with large busy indicator

Screen with large busy indicator and dark overlay

Screen with large busy indicator and dark overlay

Sizing and spacing

The following measurements show the dimensions for this component:

Sizing for busy indicator

Sizing for busy indicator

To see a detailed explanation of all existing modifier and state classes, please refer to the usage table below.

Busy indicator (xsmall)

<div class="busyIndicator is-shown">
    <div class="busyIndicator__ring busyIndicator__ring--xsmall"></div>
</div>

Busy indicator (small)

<div class="busyIndicator is-shown">
    <div class="busyIndicator__ring busyIndicator__ring--small"></div>
</div>

Busy indicator (medium / default)

<div class="busyIndicator is-shown">
    <div class="busyIndicator__ring"></div>
</div>
<!-- the busyIndicator__ring--medium class is optional / default size -->
<div class="busyIndicator is-shown">
    <div class="busyIndicator__ring busyIndicator__ring--medium"></div>
</div>

Busy indicator (large)

<div class="busyIndicator is-shown">
    <div class="busyIndicator__ring busyIndicator__ring--large"></div>
</div>

Large Busy indicator with overlay

<div class="busyIndicator busyIndicator--withOverlay is-shown">
    <div class="busyIndicator__ring"></div>
    <div class="busyIndicator__overlay"></div>
</div>

<h2>This demo toggles the visibility of a Busy indicator every 1.5 seconds.</h2>

<!-- ============================================================= -->
<!-- JavaScript Code following is only for demonstrational purpose -->
<!-- ============================================================= -->
<script>
    window.onload = function(e) {
        // sample JS for activating busy indicator every 1.5 seconds

        function displayRandomIndicator() {
            var indicators = document.querySelectorAll('.busyIndicator');
            for (var i = 0; i < indicators.length; i++) {
                indicators[i].classList.toggle("is-shown");
            }

        }

        window.setInterval(function(){
            displayRandomIndicator();
        }, 1500);

    };
</script>

Usage

ElementClassDescription
.busyIndicator .is-shown Sets a Busy indicator's visibility. Without this class, it will not be shown. Also toggles the visibility of a "large Busy indicator with overlay".
.busyIndicator__ring .busyIndicator__ring--medium Sets the size of the Busy indicator to default size.
.busyIndicator__ring .busyIndicator__ring--xsmall Sets the size of the Busy indicator to extra small.
.busyIndicator__ring .busyIndicator__ring--small Sets the size of the busy indicator to small size.
.busyIndicator__ring .busyIndicator__ring--large Sets the size of the Busy indicator to large size.
.busyIndicator .busyIndicator--withOverlay Centers the Busy indicator on screen and displays an overlay behind it.
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