[thelist] Why Would Low Weight Graphics Hang Up?

Paola Kathuria paola at limitless.co.uk
Wed Jun 6 17:29:50 CDT 2001

Rachell Coe wrote:
> Janet noticed that when she accessed the site with her T1, she experienced
> the same problem of the logo and navigational graphics not showing up as
> the client, only they did eventually show up for her, just not for some
> time.  The page weighs in at 14k, and the graphics are around 2k -- why
> would they take so long to download?  The site url is http://www.jhspro.com/.

I've come across something similar recently (where the images never
appeared for some people).  It was due to a faulty forbid rule in an
.htaccess file.  I wanted to stop people accessing images from my
sites directly (that is, not through web pages), since I had noticed
from logs that people were linking to the 200K wallpapers on my
personal site to use as page tiles on their own sites).

I'd used http://www.engelschall.com/pw/apache/rewriteguide/#ToC38 as
a guide and set up the rule to using http://www.limitless.co.uk/

When a friend complained that images weren't appearing on the Colour
Selector, I looked at the logs and realised that people were accessing
the domain as http://www.limitless.com/  or http://limitless.co.uk/
(which are all valid).  My htaccess rule only referred to
www.limitless.co.uk and so I changed the URL pattern that the rule
was using and the images reappeared.

With regard to this problem (I can't remember if this has been
suggested before), Janet should ask her client to look at other
sites in the same country to see if the graphics load okay (I've
had clients who never used the web other than to look at the
progress of their site - if Janet's client has accidentally disabled
images, has misconfigured the browser or has a bad connectivity,
it'd show up when asking how other sites seem).


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