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doug bowman from stopdesign.com preaches standards-compliant, accessible and effective webdesign – and he shows in his article “throwing tables out the window” how easy it would be for major corporations and portals to save truckloads of money. his css-based makeover of microsoft.com would have a bunch of clear advantages:

  • file size reduction of 62%, resulting in estimated bandwidth savings of 329 terabytes per year and doubled download speeds
  • replacement of the current two versions (one for IE, one for all other browsers) by just one – resulting in less maintainance effort
  • reduction of about a billion image server requests per month by removing the anachronistic spacer giflook ma - no tables!
  • full standards compliance and accessibility for disabled people
  • separation between content and layout (very important for alternative clients such as mobile phones) – e.g. no html-tables!

further filesize savings of about 10-15% (at least that what we achieved in a project i lead two years ago) can be achieved by stripping out useless characters such as spaces and returns and by reducing filename lengths.

the german mail-provider gmx has recently recognized the savings potential (their former source-code was far from any professionality) and conducted an exemplary redesign.

ps. also helge.at is tableless and (almost..) standards-compliant :-)

(via css-technik.de)


 

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#69 thomas says on August 5, 2004 at 2:49 am
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very encouraging news!

nevertheless the point with bandwith reduction to me is ambivalent. the point is clear, and i won’t argue against reducing filesize by using contemporary site-design.
but i doubt that bandwith can be an argument, capacities are growing steadily, more and more users have broadband (ain’t it time for the revival of multimedia content on the web?)…

besides this there will be relatively few pages where traffic is so high that costs have to be cut down on this issue (gmx certainly one of those sites). i see the good efforts in standard-design in all weblog-software, but do larger cms already get the point (out of the box)?
and do web-agencies building semi-dynamic pages for small companies already build pages for the 21st century?

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#70 helge says on August 5, 2004 at 8:11 am
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@thomas: i totally agree with you that there is much more to webstandards and modern, accessible webdesign than just bandwidth reduction. i just wanted to light up the wellknown topic from a different angle. however, i don’t agree that growing capacities make the bandwidth issue irrelevant. ideal usability needs instant loading times (< 1 sec) and we are very far from that: microsoft.com takes 3.5 seconds to load on my broadband connection.

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