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Chapter 3. HTML Optimization > What Is HTML Optimization?

What Is HTML Optimization?

Often overlooked, HTML optimization is key for fast page display. HTML optimization is the process of minimizing HTML file size and complexity to maximize page display speed.[1] The typical web page contains extra information that browsers don't need to render your page. Look inside most pages on the web and you'll find whitespace, comments, and redundant attributes that can all be safely removed with no change in appearance. Unwinding or eliminating complex tables can also help speed up page display.

[1] Andrew King, “Extreme HTML Optimization” [online], (Darien, CT: Jupitermedia Corp., 2001 [cited 13 November 2002]), available from the Internet at http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/html/optimize/.

But HTML optimization doesn't stop there. Through techniques like CSS optimization, URL abbreviation, conditional code, minimization of HTTP requests, and other “shunting” techniques, you can dramatically reduce total HTML file size and complexity.


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