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Re: Re: AMSAT Website Redesign Available to the BB



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On 1 Jul, 2004, at 21:29, Wayne Estes W9AE wrote:
> At home I use a dial-up Internet connection.  When I heard about the 
> new AMSAT web site I feared that it would be extremely slow to 
> download like some other web sites I know of.

So do I, but as long as the web graphics are cacheable, and your 
browser has a decent size local cache you should only need to download 
the graphics once.  Graphics that are generated or modified on the fly 
are a bad idea in such cases, as the browser would treat them as 
completely new images.

> I agree, however, that it would be more friendly to allow "unapproved" 
> browsers to access the site at their own risk, rather than blocking 
> them altogether.

A lot of these browser check functions etc., are thrown in by the 
program used to design the web page and probably would show up OK on a 
large proportion of web browsers without it.  On one of our sites 
prepared using Dreamweaver, there was a nasty little function that 
would cause a complete download of a page if the browser window was 
resized.

(Long live VI!)

John


   John Heaton
   Bandwidth Management Advisory Service
   Manchester Computing, Kilburn Building, University of Manchester
   Oxford Road, Manchester, England, M13-9PL
   http://www.bmas.ja.net/
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