Sunday, 21 October 2012

Testing page weight where gzip is being used

Webmasters using Scrutiny and Reactivity can now see uncompressed and compressed size of files and  therefore easily see the benefit of their servers' gzip service

Following a support request, I've been looking at the way that these apps show file size and page weight where gzip compression is being used.

The idea is simple and effective - the server sends the file compressed and it's re-inflated at the client side. The transfer time is thus reduced.

Scrutiny and Reactivity were giving file size as the uncompressed size.

It was easy to enhance these apps to take this into consideration. They now show both the compressed and uncompressed size of files, and both totals.

The enhancement is now available in Scrutiny 3.1 and ReActivity 1.1

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