Riot Web 1.1 —UX++

Frustration-free registration

Regular readers of this blog mightn’t have experienced Riot’s registration UX recently, but 1.1 lands a crucial (and long-overdue) enhancement — clear and timely form feedback:

Join that room

In reworking Room Preview we’ve gotten rid of the Big Ugly Box, leaving much more room for actually previewing the room. Pick a (previewable) room from the Room Directory to give it a whirl:

“Travel Plans” is just Andrew spamming stock holiday photographs; maybe give it a miss

Buttery smooth scrolling

Riot 1.1 includes the latest and greatest improvements to timeline scrolling. The timeline is a tricky beast to handle smoothly (it’s forever changing shape as images load or messages decrypt), but we’ve reworked it from the ground up to make scroll jumps very nearly a thing of the past.

Image upload preview

Image upload now features ‘upload preview’, taking some of the excitement out of pasting the contents of your clipboard into a public room:

Breadcrumbs — nearly ready for launch

‘Breadcrumbs’ (the trail of recently-visited rooms located above the room list) will very soon graduate as a finished feature (and we’re keen to hear your feedback)


And of course a release wouldn’t be a release if it didn’t include lots-of-stability-and-performance-improvements. Recent work has focused on room upgrades and the gracefully handling the (quite unreasonably) difficult problem of the host machine running out of disk space.

What’s next?

Right now we’re hard at work on message editing and reactions —you can see the work in progress as it lands over on



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