Sorry, I missed the replies in this thread, I didn't intend to be unresponsive. 
Indeed it is only Safari as far as I can see that loads all the background 
images at once, but that seems to include also iOS, so quite a big group of 
mobile users. Maybe this will be improved in iOS 5.

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Op 27 sep 2011, om 23:33 heeft Hassan Schroeder het volgende geschreven:

> On 9/27/11 1:42 PM, Frances de Waal wrote:
>> As far as I know all the stylesheets ánd all the linked resources in them 
>> like background-images
>> will be loaded with meadia-queries. So I am afraid that the large background 
>> image that you try
>> to avoid for mobiles, will be loaded anyway as long as you try to solve this 
>> with media-queries.
> What are you basing this on?
> A quick test in Chrome and Firefox on OS X and Chrome on an old G1
> Android phone, at least, shows that *not* to be true; a background
> image is only loaded for the rule that matches the applicable media-
> query. You can watch the logs (or developer console) and see other
> images fetched as you resize the browser.
> What browsers/platforms have you tested where this doesn't work?
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