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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Ten Steps to speed up the download of your HTML pages

Excellent page describing how to minimize download time of a webpage. Some simple old tricks and some advanced new ones (e.g. using stylesheets instead of tables, etc).

The steps are:
  1. Lay out your pages with CSS, not tables
  2. Don't use images to display text
  3. Call up decorative images through CSS
  4. Use contextual selectors
  5. Use shorthand CSS properties
  6. Minimise white space, line returns and comment tags
  7. Use relative call-ups
  8. Remove unnecessary META tags and META content
  9. Put CSS and JavaScript into external documents
  10. Use / at the end of directory links

These steps are explained in brief on the page: http://www.codeproject.com/html/webspeed.asp


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