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15. Testing Your Site > 15.8. Download Statistics

Download Statistics

Remember the joke that WWW really stands for “World Wide Wait”? Even as more and more people upgrade to speedy DSL and cable modems, file size is the constant foe of the Web designer. What takes only a moment to load from your computer’s hard drive could take minutes to travel across the Internet. The more information you put into a Web page, the more time it will take to load.

You can judge how big your page is, and therefore how long it will take to download, by looking at the download stats in the status bar at the bottom of the document window. You’ll see something like this: 5k/2 sec.

The first bit of information tells you the total size of your Web page and any files included in the page. That’s an extremely helpful statistic, because even though a Web page document itself may only be 1 K in size, a 20 K GIF image actually blows it up to 21 K.


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