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Re: Media Query Variables

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:33:54 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDB68FBbs2YwLinzxFP=93RTP8E7hyUmTmXGXntM92xRFw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Andy Davies <dajdavies@gmail.com>
Cc: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>, Kornel Lesiński <kornel@geekhood.net>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>
On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 6:51 AM, Andy Davies <dajdavies@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 16 September 2013 14:20, Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:02:53 +0200, Kornel Lesiński <kornel@geekhood.net>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Browsers already schedule images to load with low priority. If a page has
>>> other resources (JS, non-responsive images, frames/ads) to download it may
>>> even keep network busy for long enough for the delay to be irrelevant.
>>
>>
>> I'm not convinced that it's irrelevant. If what you describe happens, and
>> the main content images suffer from this problem, browsers could fill up the
>> request queue with secondary images that don't, which would further delay
>> the load of the main content images.
>>
>
> Pre-loader behaviour varies between browsers and not all browsers download
> images with a low priority:
>
> Last week I came across someone advocating this:
>
> <script>
>     var file = window.innerWidth < 1000 ? "mobile.css" : "desktop.css";
>     document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
> href="css/'+file+'"/>');
> </script>
>
> In IE10, a page with this and six content images results in behaviour we
> don't want - the images consume the network connections delaying the
> download of the CSS
> (http://www.webpagetest.org/result/130912_H2_46d26d330e547c00c94742766cb347c1/1/details/),
> WebKit browsers download the CSS first (not checked Opera or Mozilla).

Oh good *lord* that's horrible.  document.write is *verboten*.  It's a
terrible, terrible API that messes everything up.

~TJ
Received on Monday, 16 September 2013 20:34:42 UTC

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