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Smashing Book #4 — New Perspectives on Web Design by Smashing Magazine

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Finding and Fixing Mobile Web Rendering Issues

By Addy Osmani

Illustration Addy Osmani

The performance conversation is starting to change. It’s no longer important just to consider how quickly a site loads but also how fast it renders and runs — this is critical on mobile where the performance of Web pages is often compared to native applications. Browsers today are able to run at the refresh rate of our devices and when they do, our pages feel a lot smoother. They’re buttery, crisp and delightful to use. When they don’t, and users see visual glitches in their pages, they don’t like that. There’s a performance smell of something being wrong with the page and it’s something ...

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