[webkit-dev] Re: WebKit Incremental Layout

David Carson dacarson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 06:17:25 PST 2008

the main issue that it tries to address is that on really really slow  
networks, the user goes to a site and takes a long time to load, and  
they think the browser has stopped working or is not doing anything  
and give up and cancel the load.
By showing some content, some progress, the user can see that there is  
activity and will continue to wait for the page to load.
Again, this is for slow network connections (ie low bandwidth)

On Feb 13, 2008, at 8:18 AM, Alp Toker wrote:

> zaheer ahmad wrote:
>> hi,
>> can somebody suggest websites where we can see a considerable  
>> difference using LOW_BANDWIDTH_DISPLAY or the FOUC  problem.  i  
>> dont seem to see the difference  with  most  links i have tried.
> The WebKit FOUC with LOW_BANDWIDTH_DISPLAY is quite distracting to  
> me both on the desktop and on mobile devices, so much so that I  
> don't think it's even worth supporting as an official configure flag  
> right now.
> If you didn't notice it, the only possibility I can think of is that  
> you passed the wrong CPPFLAGS. It needs to be precisely:
> So, if you are using the configure script and compiling for the  
> Maemo mobile platform:
> --prefix=/opt/webkit --enable-video --disable-xslt --with-hildon
> I actually think a throbber or other load notification system is  
> much more effective. When users see unstyled content (HTML without  
> CSS), they immediately consider it a bug in the browser. Not good.
> So in summary, -DMOBILE=1 is good, -DWTF_USE_LOW_BANDWIDTH_DISPLAY=1  
> is not so good. The loader in current builds is significantly faster  
> and better at scheduling than those in other mobile browsers so I  
> don't think we need hacks like this. Try it out and see what you  
> think :-)
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