Re: Web Server & Documents

Subject: Re: Web Server & Documents
From: "Mendem Concord, Inc." <dbdemyan -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 15:58:42 -0400

Techwhirlers:

Susan W. Gallagher responded to my confusion about the relationship
between hard drive formatting and file size with a fairly complete
discussion of the DOS FAT partitioning principle. While I now
understand the basis for her assertion that many small HTMLs will
consume more disk space than fewer larger ones, I still do not
understand the impact on users who will most likely never have to
store those files under a FAT-based system. I mus' be dense.

Susan also said:

> For a discussion of speed, I defer to the experts. See Jakob
> Nielsen's Alertbox column for March 1, 1997 - "The Need for
> Speed" at http://www.useit.com/altertbox/9703a.html

I was able to find the article by "alter"ing the URL slightly:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9703b.html. Mr. Nielsen does
indeed discuss speed, but I could not find reference to any
idea that longer HTML documents download and are viewable
faster than shorter ones. I also looked at:

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9703b.html

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for March 15, 1997, which I would
characterize as a call for succinctness in writing which asks
writers to limit the amount of text on web pages. Mr. Nielsen
also advises: "Make text short without sacrificing depth of
content by splitting the information up into multiple nodes
connected by hypertext links."

For the full article, which I enjoyed reading, please see
the URL above.

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