What is "Infinite Scrolling"?

“Infinite Scrolling” is a term for what is happening if you’re scrolling through a page filled with content and - as or before you reach the bottom - more content is loaded automatically

Discourse attempts to utilise infinite scrolling in a way that solely adds to the user’s reading experience, and never detracts from it.

  • Discourse takes full advantage of HTML5’s History API.
  • As you scroll, the browser address bar is updated according to your reading position.
  • Back/forward buttons work as expected.
  • The timeline tells you how far along you are, and lets you jump to the beginning or end.
  • Only JSON calls are made. No site elements need to be redrawn in order to load more content, which means minimal bandwidth usage.

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