downloading web pages made faster
shawn-kde-cvs at willden.org
Sat Nov 29 05:32:22 GMT 2003
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On Thursday 27 November 2003 05:00 pm, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> Since HTML is text, it *could* be compressed -- why it isn't is
> something I am at a loss
to understand. Note that IIUC Linux already
> is able to decompress it.
Many web servers do compress. For apache, look into mod_gzip, and other
servers have the capability as well. Whether or not it's turned on is a
question for the administrators; many don't realize it's an option and a
few have specific reasons for not wanting it, but most who know about it
turn it on. There's no danger of presenting compressed data to browsers
that can't handle it, since the server only compresses if the browser
indicated that it can accept the compressed data.
Some sites I know of that do use it are: Google, slashdot.org, buy.com,
cinemark.com, walmart.com. I just checked about 30 sites and came up with
those five. Don't know if that ratio holds overall.
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