[uf-discuss] Size considerations

Charles Roper charles.roper at gmail.com
Wed Oct 18 04:49:05 PDT 2006

Is is considered better to have longer, easier-to-read, more
descriptive, more semantically correct attribute values over shorter,
more concise, bandwidth-saving ones?

On small pages, a few extra bytes of HTML won't make a big difference,
but on very large pages (in terms of markup), all those extra HTML
classes and their uF values could pile on the KBs. I would argue that
on-the-fly compression of HTML (mod_gzip, mod_deflate, PHP's zlib et
al) is mature enough now to be considered a better solution for
reducing page size over using shorter uF attributes. I would also
argue that longer, more readable attributes are more in keeping with
the uF goal of being for humans first, machines second.

Here are some pros/cons off the top of my head:

Longer attribute pros:
More easily readable
Less likely to be namespace collisions
More sematically correct
More precise

Longer attribute cons:
Uses more bandwidth, especially on larger pages
More typing when authoring manually

What do others think?

Charles Roper

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