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The future of loading CSS

Updated: at 10:57 PM

With HTTP/2 asset pipelining, adding stylesheets directly above the html they affect gives you the quickest display of content from first byte.

It’s common to bundle all of a site’s CSS into one or two resources, meaning the user downloads a large number of rules that don’t apply to the current page. This is because sites can contain many types of pages with a variety of “components”, and delivering CSS at a component level hurts performance in HTTP/1.

This isn’t the case with SPDY and HTTP/2, where many smaller resources can be delivered with little overhead, and independently cached.

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