Why does my very large inbox take so long to display?

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Question

When I refresh my 5, 000 message InBox in GMS Webmail I notice that the browser seems to take a long time. Why is this?

Answer

GMS Webmail uses javascript as a major part of each page as well as including extensive error handling. The inclusion of the javascript within the webpage means if the page is refreshed so too is the javascript and so the server sends the javascript multiple times.

We have now separated the javascript into several files which can be cached by the browser. This leads to a reduction of about 30% in the quantity of data that is required to be transfered.

By reducing the amount of data transferred, this results in an increase in speed when loading or refreshing a page.

In addition to this, we have streamlined the error handling for english interfaces which also reduces the load time. This results in mailboxes with large numbers of messages to be displayed much more quickly.

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