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Chapter 25. Using Web Pictures Intelligently > Managing Picture Download Time

Managing Picture Download Time

Download time is a constant concern for all Web visitors. Even visitors with high-speed connections—who, by the way, are still a minority on the World Wide Web—don’t want to be stuck waiting for huge picture files to download. As a Web designer, you should also be concerned with outbound bandwidth. The larger your pages, the fewer pages your server and your Internet connection can deliver per second (or minute).

In general, the time required to download a page is the combined size of all constituent files divided by the bytes per second of available bandwidth. Managing download time thus becomes an issue of managing download bytes. And because most download bytes occur in picture files rather than the HTML, managing download bytes becomes an issue of managing picture file size.


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