(In reply to [:philipp] from comment #2)
(In reply to Martijn from comment #1)
Context: I'm actually one of those people that need reduced motion in order not to become sick browsing the web. However, being a person like that, I can tell you that a tiny loading indicator on a tab does not need to be replaced when the
prefersReducedMotion is on. This decision should be reverted.
People who need reduced motion, need big movements and shift and slides to be disabled. A tiny animating icon is completely fine.
it's not possible to generalize like this - the change was introduced after it was requested by multiple affected users. i think it's hard to justify why this particular animation should not be covered by a setting called "Turn off all unnecessary animations (where possible)" (windows) / "Reduce motion" (mac)...
True, generalizing was wrong. But mind you, a single switch to control all animations big and small, is generalizing in the exact same way, isn't it. I didn't realize people were actually affected by the throbber. Since I'm affected only by scrolling/swiping animations, I kind of assumed such a small throbber would not affect anyone. Apologies.
But, I don't think there should be a single master switch that turns all animations on or off. That is wrong to me. I want to turn off only the animations that affect me.
Turning off animations that don't affect me (like, currently, closing a tab, which is controlled by this setting as well) has an adverse effect. The browser feels choppy without it actually being choppy. Animations that don't affect me, are helpful in showing what happens, where something goes, etc.