The Server-Side Pad

by Fabien Tiburce, Best practices and personal experiences with enterprise software

GZIP Compression for Improved Page Loads

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All modern browsers support GZIP compression (by sending a header to the server, Accept-Encoding: gzip). Enabling gzip server-side for HTML and XML significantly reduces the footprint of the server response which in turns improves the page load-time (latency). It also saves bandwidth costs. The cycles required to zip the response server-side and unzip it client side, are more than offset by the savings in bytes transmitted. In Tomcat 5.x, this is simply a matter of declaring gzip compression for the connector node in server.xml.


Written by Compliantia

November 15, 2007 at 4:56 pm

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