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Re: Webfont compression

From: Laurence Penney <lorp@lorp.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 01:40:46 +0100
Message-Id: <E8A8FFA6-4462-47B5-84A6-E8F200A1282A@lorp.org>
To: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, www-font <www-font@w3.org>
On 23 Jul 2009, at 01:15, John Hudson wrote:

> Does anyone have actual statistics on how much web traffic is served  
> gzip compressed? I'm testing a variety of sites using the gzip test  
> tool to which Laurence linked, and I'm finding more that are not  
> compressed than are, but obviously this is a tiny sampling.

For anyone else running tests and gathering stats, be advised that  
GIDZipTest, the compression testing site I mentioned[1], does not  
follow redirects and needs to be pointed at the final URL seen in the  
browser, thus:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/ <--- not compressed, but redirects to...
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/ <--- compressed

http://en.wikipedia.org/ <--- crashes GIDZipTest, but redirects to...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page <--- compressed

Regarding the promotion of automatic gzip compression of fonts, it  
could well be a reasonable criticism that our customers may not have  
control over 'SetOutputFilter' Apache settings (or equivalent).

- L

[1] http://www.gidnetwork.com/tools/gzip-test.php
Received on Thursday, 23 July 2009 00:41:29 UTC

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