Slow Resources rendering time in 2-5-x

Jim Eng jimeng at
Thu Mar 27 20:20:29 UTC 2008

We switched to dojo on recommendation from fluid because the dojo  
menu buttons were thought to be more accessible than the "homegrown"  
menu buttons in 2.4.x that were based on static unnumbered list  
elements and css.

At this point, though, I think Gonzalo has improved (fixed, maybe?)  
the accessibility of the menu buttons in 2.4.x, and there are  
problems with the dojo menu buttons in 2.5.x (including accessibility  
issues?).  Sakai 2.5.1 might be a good time to switch back to the  
menu buttons used in 2.4.x.

Ducking for cover, now.


On Mar 27, 2008, at 3:17 PM, Ian Boston wrote:

> Here is a dumb question, why are we using dojo and dom manipulation  
> to build lots of menues, when perhapse pure css menus and static  
> markup would work with all our target browsers ( inc ie6 AFAIK) ?
> Or am I missing something about the behaviour of these menues or  
> the set of target browsers.
> As I said, its probably a dumb question, please shout if it is.
> Ian
> Sent from my Pearl, sorry about the briefness and spelling!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Clay Fenlason" <clay.fenlason at>
> Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:09:56
> To:sakai-dev at,  
> content at,       "fluid- 
> work at" <fluid-work at>
> Subject: Re: Slow Resources rendering time in 2-5-x
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Stephen Marquard
> <stephen.marquard at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>  I haven't had any responses to this so am asking again.
>>  Are the dojo/dijit buttons a dead-end or can they be improved?
> I don't know, but perhaps a JS maven on the Fluid lists might have
> some suggestions.  Colin or Eli?  Client-side caching of some sort?
>>  Are other sites going into production with 2-5-x concerned about  
>> rendering time for Resources with large sets of files, or do most  
>> sites only put a few things in each Resources folder?
> We're concerned.
>>  Is anyone actively working on or supporting the current (2.5)  
>> Resources code, or is everyone on other projects or working on  
>> complete replacements?
> The Resources code is being supported in maintenance mode, yes, but
> it's fair to say that new development energy is oriented more toward
> replacement tools and widgets.  I think we'd be ready to contribute to
> working out a solution for this particular problem.
> ~Clay
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