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Discussion on: 2 underused techniques to speed up your site.

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Ben Sinclair

I'm mostly thinking of the fact that you have to add extra markup and then hide it from screen readers. This means if you have something that's just an icon, you end up with two elements anyway. It's not that you can't fudge it to be accessible, it's that it makes extra hoops to jump through.

And if the font doesn't load properly, people get nonsense characters in their page.