Anti-Pattern: Empty Popup

Empty Popup

What Problem Does This Solve?

A user clicks on the map and in return is presented with a Info Popup that instead of showing useful details is either blank, empty or informs the user that no data is available.

Why Use This Pattern?

It is annoying and wastes precious time to show empty results.

When to Use This Pattern

If no data exists there is no reason to waste time having the user dismiss the fact that there is no data.

What’s the Solution?

Simply don’t show anything.

Special Considerations

In cases where the application is able to figure out either the intent of the users’ click or any inaccuracies that might have led to the empty result set, the info popup could provide a solution to help the user recover from the potential input error.


Empty Popup Window
Empty Popup Window

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