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Shipping Bits: Who's Faster on the Web? FedEx, UPS, or DHL? - JavaScript Defer Attribute

Optimization Week Issue #9, Jan. 16, 2004

In this issue we see how fast the top offline shipping companies deliver their bits on the Web. We discover that FedEx uses deferred execution for its JavaScript. In this week's Speed Tweak of the Week we explore the defer attribute of the script element.

If you've got an idea for a speed review or tip we want to hear from you. If you've found a site that you find particularly fast or slow let us know about it and it just might appear in a future issue.

Shipping Bits: Who's Faster on the Web? FedEx, UPS, or DHL?
Shipping speed in the offline world is measured in days. But on the Web, users absolutely have to have it within 8 to 10 seconds. How did FedEx, UPS, and DHL stack up when it comes to web delivery speed? Read on to see who won the online speed derby.
JavaScript: Defer Execution with the defer attribute
Our tests show that the defer attribute can defer the execution of your JavaScripts to improve page display performance. At least in IE4+.
December Bandwidth Report: US Broadband Penetration Slows to 41.5%
US broadband adoption slowed in November at home and at work. Dec. 31, 2003