downloading web pages made faster

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Sat Nov 29 18:09:49 GMT 2003

Shawn Willden wrote:
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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,,, 
>,  I just checked about 30 sites and came up with 
> those five.  Don't know if that ratio holds overall.

That is interesting.  However, what I had it mind was that your ISP should offer that service.


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