[thelist] how "heavy" do you make each page?

Luther, Ron Ron.Luther at COMPAQ.com
Tue Apr 2 14:13:00 CST 2002

Hi Gang,

... and now a slightly 'contrarian' point of view ...  ;-)

While I've come to believe that "lite is right", and that wasting bandwidth falls somewhere amidst the litany of neo-venial sins, I think you also have to consider the value of the content to the user, (is it 'business critical' for them?), as well as whether the content is available from other sources or not.

I always kind of smile when I see these '7' or '27' second rules of thumb.  Don't get me wrong - I see the value and 'considerate-ness' in having a light footprint.  Also, hanging around here has educated me on the pay-per-connect-minute access that is the primary access available in some parts of the world today.

But I work on an intranet.  I've got users that want to see 'everything' and see it 'all at once'.  That takes time.

I've got some report 'pages' that take roughly an hour to come up.  That's sixty minutes on a client machine with *lots* of memory sitting on a big fat corporate pipe pulling information off a tuned Oracle database on a internal (and local) corporate server.  [Moral: Don't try working at home!]

I dunno - I'm not picking on anyone - but I guess I just wanted to point out that when you need to return 500,000 records of data weighing in at 30+ Mb on a single page ... '7' seconds isn't really an option.

(Then again, maybe we just make things 'bigger' here in Texas.)   ;-)

-----Original Message-----
From: aardvark [mailto:roselli at earthlink.net]

personally, i target no higher than 24k, and then take sizes above
that no a case-by-case basis...

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