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From Per Einar Ellefsen <>
Subject Re: to compress or not to?
Date Fri, 22 Mar 2002 17:11:32 GMT
At 01:00 23.03.2002 +0800, Stas Bekman wrote:
>Per Einar Ellefsen wrote:
>>At 22:12 22.03.2002 +0800, Stas Bekman wrote:
>>>I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have the pdf and src gzipped, 
>>>it seems that most browsers cannot handle properly gzip attachement and 
>>>mess things up. On the other hand without gzip the size is bigger. So 
>>>does anybody think that we should keep things gzipped?
>>Ok, I know, I'm new here, but I'll give my point of view:
>Thanks for chiming in, Per Einar :)

I'd really like to help out, so please, if I can help with anything, please 
say so. I'm not that great with designing myself, but I have strong 
opinions on how things should look, and know enough about all the 
standards, etc etc...

>>Personally, I think the PDF version shouldn't be gzipped, as it clearly 
>>creates problems: the point of a PDF version is to have something that 
>>looks great, has all the information in one file, is nicely printable, 
>>but is also viewable from a web browser. People don't care whether it 
>>takes a minute or two more to download it (depending on the connection of 
>>course.. it might be a second or two), but they do care if they find out 
>>they can't open it once they have downloaded it.
>that's what I was thinking :) As I was annoyed myself for not being able 
>to open it right away with mozilla.
>>As for the src, that's not as important, as most people won't be 
>>downloading that anyway. I think that one should remain gzipped.
>But then to be consistent shouldn't we have this uncompressed to?
>The source files are much smaller than pdfs, e.g.:
>dst_html/docs/1.0/guide/strategy.pdf 71509
>dst_html/docs/1.0/guide/strategy.pod 48392
>dst_html/docs/1.0/guide/strategy.pdf.gz 55516
>dst_html/docs/1.0/guide/strategy.pod.gz 17627
>pdf is already quite compressed.
>On the other hand I doubt people will download source at all,
>other than sending patches :)

Oh yes, if it's just a pod file, then ok. I hadn't really looked at it, but 
if it's not gzipped, it's actually better, because then those who know pod 
can just look at the source quiclly by hitting the link.

Per Einar Ellefsen

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