Add support for HTML 5 "async" and "defer" attributes — at Version 5
|Reported by:||Otto42||Owned by:||azaozz|
|Component:||Script Loader||Keywords:||has-patch needs-testing|
Description (last modified by scribu)
HTML5 supports async and defer attributes on script tags: http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/semantics.html#attr-script-async
Basic usage of these:
- "defer" scripts get deferred from running until page processing is complete. Sorta like jQuery(document).ready() does, except without pre-definitions. Faster, in other words, since it's built into the browser.
Correct usage would dictate that "libraries" like jQuery and such would get the async attribute, while bits of code that use the current DOM would get deferred. The defer bit is basically optional though, since most all code that exists uses something like jQuery(document).ready() already, when it's necessary, and so there's not a lot of benefit there.
The just released Firefox 3.6 supports the async attributes, so you can do testing with these immediately. I've noticed a speedup on the wp-admin side of things by using it, but I have not measured this and cannot be sure I'm not imagining it. Still, it does seem like it makes the page appear faster.