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Default value of "preload" attribute

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:29:18 +1300
Message-ID: <11e306601003241529r8d02caej59b93b6be1ff85c1@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
The default value of "preload" is currently "auto". The definition of "auto"
is
"Hints to the user agent that the user agent can put the user's needs first
without risk to the server, up to and including optimistically downloading
the entire resource."

This seems like a hint that authors should opt into rather than being the
default. Authors who don't think about what they're doing may omit "preload"
on large media resources and find that everything's fine for a while, but
later users with faster, cheaper networks and more local storage connect and
download essentially unbounded quantities of media data. There are already
examples of pages with many media elements with no "preload" (or
"autobuffer") attribute. IMHO "metadata" would be a better default.

Rob
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