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Stephen Downes

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Web bloat is something I take seriously because it impacts both cost and performance. If the reader is using a slower or less powerful device, accessing online services can be difficult or at times impossible (think about how unresponsive some shopping or airline sites are, for no good reason). This article looks not only at page size but also at how much of a load the page imposes on your computer once it has downloaded. For comparison with the web sites on the chart, my own home page comes in at about 140 kilobytes (0.14 mB). There's no Javascript on it and it doesn't have cookies. It should load easily just about everywhere (in my office it loads at 640 ms). The same can't be said of everything I build, though. But I don't stop trying. Via Molly White.

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