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Temporarily render empty container until image is loaded to the screen

If we have a component that contains an image or video, we may face the case in which the component takes a different size from the one that is expected in the loading phase. This is because, while the image is loading, the size of the image is unknown, therefore the component will not render the image initially. This topic will throw a lot of issues and it can affect the user experience in a negative way, because components may take unnatural shapes while in the loading process.

This problem can be overcome by temporarily rendering:

  • an empty container with the estimated photo dimensions
  • a low resolution preview of the photo
  • a default blurred image that will show the user what to expect from the UI

In the case we want to temporarily render a empty div to the screen, we may need to mimic a responsive feel to the box, therefore "calc()" CSS function may come in handy:

.empty-div {
     background-color: transparent;
     background-size: 100% auto;
     width: calc(100vw - 100px);
     height: calc((100vw - 100px) * 0.46); /* decimal = height aspect ratio */
}