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CSS Sprites even when file is much larger?

  • # January 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hey guys,

    is there an obvious advantage in using CSS sprites when the combined images are a lot larger than the single image files?

    I heard that the aim is to reduce HTTP requests, but is this reason enough to compromise the image loading time?

    I’m looking forward hearing your take on this one!


    # January 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    How many images are we talking?

    # January 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    About 10-15 images

    # January 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    The sprite will be cached and no more http requests. 99% of the time sprites are going to ultimately be faster overall

    # January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    It definitely depends on how big the image is. If it’s turning itself into a 1mb sprite then you’ve gone too far, imo.

    # January 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Yeah, as @TheDoc said – if it’s a massive image file you need to look at what you’re doing to see if there’s an alternative.

    # January 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Ok, good to know. Thanks!

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