This technique is especially important in the
head of your XHTML before they parse the
body content. By minimizing the HTTP request load you can maximize the initial display speed of your content.
Even better, XSSI these files directly into high traffic pages, like this:
- CSS Optimization
- Summary of chapter on optimizing CSS from Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization.
- Optimizing Web Graphics
- Summary of chapter on optimizing web graphics for minimum file size from Speed.
- Response Time: Eight Seconds, Plus or Minus Two
- Summary of chapter on the psychology of response time, delay, and attunability from Speed. See the Roach cites in particular.