[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #3372: Consolidated JavaScript/CSS Plugin API

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Sun Nov 19 04:39:23 GMT 2006

#3372: Consolidated JavaScript/CSS Plugin API
 Reporter:  robertaccettura  |       Owner:  anonymous
     Type:  enhancement      |      Status:  new      
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:           
Component:  Optimization     |     Version:           
 Severity:  normal           |    Keywords:           
 WordPress plugins are great, they really are.  One problem with them is
 they often include their own styles and scripts.  The problem here is that
 several plugins with useful features mean a browser needs to download 10+
 javascripts and stylesheets.  This isn't good for page load.  It's awful.

 My suggestion would be an API that allows all plugin/css to be included in
 1 PHP generated CSS and Javascript.  This would drastically consolidate
 requests.  For performance reasons it should ideally be cached so that
 it's only regenerated when a plugin is loaded/reloaded.

 This is becoming a bigger issue as plugins become more common and useful.
 I hope a solution is found that gives plugin authors the freedom they
 need, and blog owners the performance they want, without having to
 sacrifice features.  I think channeling all the requests into 1 JS and 1
 CSS file would achieve that.  They could use a numerical ranking system to
 calculate position in the file (to avoid conflicts) similar to how (iirc)
 filter work.

Ticket URL: <http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3372>
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