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Chapter 5. Defining HTML Syntax > Designing for the Real World

Designing for the Real World

What a Difference a Kilobyte Makes

We all know how frustrating it can be to wait for a page to load when we're surfing the Internet. In this age of fast food and 65 mph speed limits, we want sites that load quickly.

When you think about streamlining your code, your first thought may be squeaking an extra kilobyte out of your image files. What you may not think to do is take a hard look at the HTML code itself. If you look closely, you're sure to find an extra space here and there, an extraneous tag, even an extra period at the end of a sentence. You may have put several carriage returns between sections of your code while you composed your content, but no longer need after the content is in place. Every character in the file adds to the size of the file, which translates to download time on the Web. One of the most common space wasters is empty <B>…</B>, and <I>…</I> tags.


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