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Re: CSS: Extended tiling. Proposal

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 08:43:33 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200405070743.i477hXn11134@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> Not "40 kbytes" but "40k" of machine instructions just to send HEAD http
> request.

Dynamic or static?

If dynamic, any machine that finds that a burden is going to be too slow
to decode JPEGs anyway, so should, almost certainly, be operating in
text only mode.

If static, most of those instructions are either irrelevant to a particular
case, or could be skipped, by taking a safe, if inefficient, assumption
about the function they perform, e.g. not-caching so that you can ignore
Last-Modified-Date, Etag, Expires,  Cache-Control, etc.  Requests, on a
simple browser, are mainly boiler plate. 
I think the case you are making is for authors to learn how to write
accessible pages that can be handled well by sub-set browsers.  Any
browser that is forced to handle modern pages will require a fast machine
(IE on a P II 350MHz machine can get pretty sluggish, even when the whole
page is local, and it is only the rendering cost that is being paid).
Received on Friday, 7 May 2004 13:51:05 UTC

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