Turtles all the way down

A presentation at HalfStack on the Thames in in London, UK by Niels Leenheer

Every image you use on your website is a request to the server. And I think somebody once told me that we should use as few requests as possible. Yes, that sounds about right. So what if we could embed images right in your HTML? That would make our website load at least twice as fast and reduce requests by… five. Probably. Okay, we can already do that with DataURLs. But what if we couldn’t?