[thelist] [CSS] site re-design

Benjer futureweb at macmail.com
Fri Oct 18 04:06:01 CDT 2002

That sounds perfect, does anyone know what software can be used for
page Compression using IIS and ASP?

I agree NN4 users only 1.5% but thats still 1.5%, par example
2p in a £1 it all adds up :)

On 17/10/02 6:18 pm, "Simon Lee" <simon.lee at leapforward.net> wrote:

>> We're about to re-design an image/table based dynamic website.
>> Currently considering using as much CSS as is possible for this.
>> site in question is www.splitsonline.co.uk
>> its one of those sites thats just grown and grown and we need
>> to reduce the download time.
>> our log shows that NN4 is used by 1.5% of users, there's even
>> 0.6% using NN3.
>> This will be our first attempt at using CSS (for layout etc.)
>> for a live website. Any advice much appreciated - should we
>> scrap nn4 support etc? should we use an Iframe for the data -
>> what are statistics for Iframe coverage?
> Hi Ben,
> Just to throw a spanner in the works -- you say you need to reduce
> download time, and having had a quick look at the site I see that you
> have tables and tables of data. Much of your information is pure text,
> i.e. there are very few images, so I would compress the webpage on the
> server before delivering it to the client.
> This is easy to do on an Apache webserver (use mod_gzip, or use your
> language of choice to compress the page with gzip), and this will have a
> much greater impact than using CSS. I see you're using IIS, so I'm not
> too sure how you do that with ASP, but I'm sure there's something out
> there that does it for you.
> On all our production web applications we enable this page compression,
> and the results are pretty amazing -- one of our applications is a
> property management system, and on a particular screen there can be a
> table with 15 columns of data and 200 rows, all laid out in HTML. This
> amounted to about 150k when not compressed, and when using page
> compression, was reduced to about 15k, so you can see the benefit --
> reduced server load, and quicker download times!
> This page loads up like lightning even on a 56k modem, so you can
> imagine our clients are quite happy with that!
> I certainly wouldn't neglect your NN users at all, especially when
> there's no real reason to do it -- apart from trying to use *new*
> web-standards. Your users come first.
> HTH,
> sl
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