[LINK] Worrying about the Dark Ages (was Re: ANAO report: Government Agencies' Management of their Websites)
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Sat Dec 20 14:54:23 EST 2008
On Sat, 20 Dec 2008 09:32:52 +1100, Stilgherrian wrote:
> On 19/12/2008, at 2:08 PM, Craig Sanders wrote:
>> it's still worth worrying about.
> And it's precisely that kind of response I was after. :) I don't know
> whether I agree with all of it in all circumstances, but it sums up the
> points that should be made back to the developers of web-bloat.
I think the 'bloat' issue applies, not only to those who provide only large
PDF, but also to those who provide "html" but it's so bloated one way or
another than it can take longer to download than an e.g. 1.7 Mb PDF.
Something I've increasingly noticed relatively recently is the 'size' of
web pages containing a news article on e.g. major AU news sites (where the
news article probably amounts to about 40Kb but the whole page amounts to
css, etc, and sundry other things, and also try to contact (and wait for
connections to) numerous external domains for the purpose of pulling in
advertisements and numerous other bits of "content" and the delay while
waiting for such things to happen is sometimes very noticeable. One thing
about a 1.7 Mb PDF is that once the connection is made, and assuming the
server can cope with the number of connections, one stream of data from one
site is downloaded pretty quickly. The same cannot be said, in my
experience, for 'html' pages on some sites.
(Above is *not* advocacy for PDF format, it's a criticism of some "web"
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