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Times versus user experience.
01-27-2011, 12:45 AM
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RE: Times versus user experience.
What kind of connectivity and which browser are you using on your desktop? Looking at the waterfall, IE8, Firefox and Chrome should all be SIGNIFICANTLY faster than IE7 because of all of the css and js files referenced in the head.

IE7 can only request 2 items at a time from a given domain (and with the base page taking a while, only one other request is being served at a time). Additionally, loading of javascript is a blocking operation for IE7. IE8 bumps the number of parallel requests to 6 so I fully expect it to be close to 3x as fast in your use case (Chrome and Firefox are at least 6, and in some cases even higher).

One of the cool things with WebPagetest is the video recording so you can see what the actual user perceived performance was like. I re-ran the tests with video capture.

Here is the "filmstrip view":

And a side-by-side video:

Looks like the bulk of the content popped to the screen at around 4 seconds with the "new" tags filling in on the menu at around 5.5 seconds.
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Times versus user experience. - JoegoTaak - 01-27-2011, 12:12 AM
RE: Times versus user experience. - pmeenan - 01-27-2011 12:45 AM

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