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From David Crossley <cross...@indexgeo.com.au>
Subject speedy loading of documentation
Date Tue, 30 Oct 2001 04:48:05 GMT
When i first discovered Cocoon about a year ago,
i was amazed at the extremely poor performance of the
xml.apache.org website. It seemed incongruous that
Cocoon could be so amazing, yet the website was so
slow. Then i realised that the site was not being served
by Cocoon. So it must be the usability of the static HTML
pages at fault.

We need to rectify this before release. The web pages
loading needs to be snappy, to give the user a feeling of
speed, power, and versatility that Cocoon can provide.

Certain pages are a major problem. There are some
bandages that we can apply to get us through the next
release - i expect that a total rewrite of the document2html.xsl
stylesheet is beyond scope for the upcoming release.

Many pages are extremely slow to render, especially
with Netscape. Perhaps this is because every page is
constructed with complex nested tables.

Two documents in particular make heavy use of images.
tutorial.xml "How to create Web Applications" and
concepts/index.html "Understanding Cocoon"
If we use the height and width attributes for the figure elements
then the browser can allocate the screen space and so can
get on with rendering the text of the page. Then the images
can download in their own time. I added patches today to
fix this aspect.

Does anyone see any other tweaks that can be applied
to improve the website performance?
David

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