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About the tech of this site
Since the reason to overhaul this site was to test out some techniques, this first post will be - suprise - about those.
To top this it also works out of the box with touch devices! Of course you do not have a hover action. But it seems that the delay between pressing the link and releasing the finger from the screen is enough to noticeably speed up page rendering.
So everything ponies and rainbows?
Well kind of. Unfortunately there are always some odds using such techniques. For example it can be a little problematic to get the page loading right. Sometimes images are not correctly loading when jumping back due to relative URL settings which lookup pictures in the wrong directory. But this is mainly due to URL resolution and should be a non-issue in dynamic environments where you set a base tag anyway. If you, like me, use a static site generator instead you will have to jump through some hoops to have the same output in development and production.
For example in my generator Hakyll I had to omit the call to the
relativizeUrls function in order to get it working correctly.
All in all this is well worth the extra effort you have to put in. After all speed is a feature!