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Re: Internet Connection Speed

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:28:07 -0600
To: Andrew Diamond <adiamond1978@gmail.com>
Message-Id: <051A2B7D-EEE2-4146-888E-C65FF9C5AED1@w3.org>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org

On 9 Nov 2010, at 8:48 AM, Andrew Diamond wrote:

> I don't know if this has ever come up at any of the W3C conversations,
> but much of the rural world is still on dial-up or slower internet
> speeds, while the rest of the world advances at a much greater pace
> including java script, large detailed images, and other internet
> technologies.  Has the W3C ever considered, perhaps, a <speed> tag
> identifier to distinguish between low/high speed connections?

Hi Andrew,

SMIL has this feature. You might want to look into:

  _ Ian

> Considering most large urban areas take this for granted, they neglect
> to remember the vast amount of users that still are forced to use a
> slow connection; a tag such as this, perhaps set by the browser, or in
> the phone/computers browsers settings, would select the correct
> version of a page to load based on this <speed> tag (or similar, just
> a suggestion).
> I've never written you guys, before because I never had a suggestion,
> but being a rural resident, I was sort of "forced" into this idea as a
> result of extremely slow, dial-up, internet connection speeds.
> Thank you,
> Andrew Diamond

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