when deflate is enabled, please also compress CSS and JS by default?

Bug #660105 reported by James Troup
This bug affects 1 person
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apache2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: apache2

I was surprised to find that the deflate module automatically
compresses HTML, XML and text when enabled. But since it does, why
not go one step further and auto-compress all CSS and Javascript?
It's pretty much a de facto standard recommendation these days
(e.g. YSlow, webpagetest.org etc.) and I can't imagine it's any more
risky in terms of browser compatability than the existing config (or
any more of a surprise to the admin).

=== modified file 'apache2/mods-available/deflate.conf'
--- apache2/mods-available/deflate.conf 2010-03-30 08:56:31 +0000
+++ apache2/mods-available/deflate.conf 2010-10-13 18:17:39 +0000
@@ -1,3 +1,3 @@
 <IfModule mod_deflate.c>
- AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml
+ AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css application/x-javascript

Mathias Gug (mathiaz)
Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
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Daniel Richard G. (skunk) wrote :

I think this would need an explicit decision to de-support IE6, as far as compressed JS is concerned. (I can't remember offhand which clients couldn't handle compressed CSS; was it anything newer than Netscape 4?)

    ("Supercharging Javascript, Part 6: The Internet Explorer Problem")

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