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  • Yes, embedded tables can cause clients on slow machines to think real hard before rendering the page. Most browsers need to see the end table tag (</table>) before they will display anything on the page. Therefore, if the page can be redesigned so that there are a series of smaller tables, unembedded tables near the top of the page, those tables will be visible on the client-side sooner. This is a good trick to use if you have a giant, spreadsheet-looking thing that you need to generate. CSS can

    • mod_gzip had logic in it (last time I checked) to avoid compressing files that were under a certain limit. whatever the limit was, I believe it was put in place because compressing small files actually ends up with a larger file in the end.

      I'm not sure how mod_deflate does it in apache 2.0, though. at any rate, compression is about saving bandwidth and not necessarily about saving client or server resources or speeding up a site.