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Looking for the best code possible (smiley face) I noticed on the SEW homepage you call some graphics as above. I have a site quite heavy on gifs and my url contains keywords so would it be advisable to call all or some of my gifs as above ?? Currently I'm doing <../nav_imgs/3on.gif> etc but are there any speed or keyword implications.
Absolute addressing numerous images or links, can add to the (k) size of your html. Having images, html in multiple directories also adds to the (k) size.
I have remade many sites that once the over organization of the site had been removed (multiple directories and comment tags)and the (k) size was reduced, I was able to add at least three 10k images per page, and still able to decrease load time.
There is a balance between getting users to a site and having them stay long enough to view it.
Say you find your domain name in Google. You click on "cached". When it brings up the cached page you get a bonus by using absolute calls. What happens when they click on say your privacy statment link. By using absolute links it now takes the user to your site. Is this worth the extra KBs? That is what you have to decide.
I am a believer, but not always a practioner of absolute urls. Where page size is utmost important, I use relative (such as the home page here), but where SEO value and compatibility value is more important, I use absolutes.