Resources aren’t requested by CSS, but by the DOM


This is a good tweet from Harry:

I like it because, as he says, it’s the correct way to think about it. It helps form a mental model of how websites work.

Just to spell it out a bit more…

/*
  Just because I'm in the CSS, doesn't mean I'll load!
  In order for `myfont.woff2` to load, a selector needs to 
  set `font-family: 'MyWebFont';` AND something in the DOM
  needs to match that selector for that file to be requested.
*/
@font-face {
  font-family: 'MyWebFont';
  src: url('myfont.woff2') format('woff2');
}

/*
  Just because I'm in the CSS, doesn't mean I'll load!
  In order for `whatever.jpg` to load, the selector
  `.some-element` needs to be in the DOM. 
*/
.some-element {
  background-image: url(whatever.jpg);
}





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