Reining in MobileWeb Performance with Document and Permission Policies

Byungjin Jun, Fabián Bustamante, Ben Greenstein, Ian Clelland

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Abstract

The quality of mobile web experience remains poor, partially as a result of complex websites and design choices that worsen performance, particularly for users on suboptimal networks or with low-end devices. Prior proposed solutions have seen limited adoption due to the demand they place on developers and content providers, and the performing infrastructure needed to support them. We argue that Document and Permissions Policies - ongoing efforts to enforce good practices on web design - may offer the basis for a readily-available and easily-adoptable solution, as they encode key best practices for web development. In this paper, as a first step, we evaluate the potential performance cost of violating these well understood best practices and how common such violations are in today's web. Our analysis shows, for example, that controlling for unsized-media policy, something applicable to 70% of the top Alexa websites, can indeed significantly reduce Cumulative Layout Shift, a core metric for evaluating the performance of the web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHotMobile 2022 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages95-101
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450392181
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 9 2022
Event23rd Annual International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, HotMobile 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2022Mar 10 2022

Publication series

NameHotMobile 2022 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications

Conference

Conference23rd Annual International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, HotMobile 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period3/9/223/10/22

Keywords

  • document policy
  • mobile network
  • performance measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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