[whatwg] Script preloading

Yoav Weiss yoav at yoav.ws
Fri Aug 30 09:08:13 PDT 2013

On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

> On Thu, 11 Jul 2013, Yoav Weiss wrote:
> >
> > I've recently contemplated the slightly related issue of adding the
> > "media" attribute to <script>, for declarative loading of scripts that
> > are only relevant to some viewports [1] While it may complicate certain
> > things (e.g. execution when media conditions change, dependencies), I
> > believe it's worth while to give it some thought, as it'd enable
> > preloaders to fetch these scripts as soon as possible, in case they are
> > needed.
> How common are media-specific scripts?

They are fairly common, especially for loading of "mobile" UI components
(e.g. jquery mobile). They can also be used to download dynamic page
components (e.g. maps) only on larger devices.
But, unless adding `media` to script elements is relatively simple, I think
that this use-case can be resolved by using the media attribute on <rel
subresource>, in combination with ES6 modules or a custom script loader. As
far as I understand it, all <link> elements can have a media attribute [1],
so this is simply an implementation issue.


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