It’s no secret that one of the keys to a decent user experience is a responsive (fast) user interface. And the most critical component to a fast web app is minimizing the HTTP requests. So it’s no mystery that people are working on ways to solve this problem.
Firefox, of course, is one of the leaders in this area. Their proposal started out fine. Here’s a sample of what it would look like (if you didn’t read the article):
<html packages='[pkg1.zip img1.png script.js styles/style.css] [static/pkg2.zip]'> </html>
In this bastardization, the packages are specified as an attribute on the document element (
<html> tag). Package definitions in the
packages attribute are delimited by square brackets, and the resources within them are delimited by spaces.
WTF? Not only is this ugly and non-standard, but it also has some serious drawbacks. Here’s why: