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Let’s look at what efficient slicing means:

1.Do not make large slices that contain lots of different colours. Use a small number of slices where each slice contains a limited number of colours.

2.Do not make a large slice that contains the same graphic structure. Slice a small portion of it and duplicate it in your code. This is a very common mistake that webmasters/programmers make when dealing with gradient colour background.

3.Do not use JPEG file format all the time. In some cases, a GIF format will be much smaller in size. A rule of thumb – a slice with a high number of colours will be smaller in size using the JPEG format rather than the GIF format, and the opposite is also true. Check each option separately. Every 1KB that you reduce from the image file size will eventually add up to a significant reduction in page size.

4.If you have text on a solid colour background, do not slice it at all. Use code to create the background instead. Remember that you can define both the font style and background colour of the area using CSS.

Advanced Techniques :

Graphically optimising a website is more than just knowing how to do image optimisations. There are some advanced techniques that required a high level of programming. CSS2 has much more to offer than CSS does. Although not all browsers have adopted this standard yet you should be ready for when they do. JavaScript also gives you a set of options to create some cool effects without needing to overload the page with Flash. Using limited tools like JavaScript compared to an advanced application like Flash to create the desired effects can be difficult. However, think about the outcome. For a one-time effort, you can differentiate your website from others. You will have an attractive professional looking website that loads quickly.

Back to the Future :

As PDAs, smart mobile phones and mini laptops are used with wireless internet connections for internet browsing, publishing fast loading web pages will enhance the browsing experience not only for those using wide bandwidth connections but also will make the browsing experience user-friendly (or may I say, bandwidth friendly) to the wireless clients.

For those who insist that web design optimisation is not necessary because everyone will have high bandwidth connections eventually, I agree up to a point. However, the software companies are creating applications that use more bandwidth because they know it is available for them to use. Get used to writing well-optimised web pages because this cat and mouse game will never end, and it is better to learn the rules of the game then it is to be bitten.