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prevent flickering and scroll jumping during soft refresh of CSS <- p…

…robably worth new release!
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darwin committed Mar 18, 2010
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  1. +49 −1 src/firefox/chrome/content/xrefresh.js
@@ -857,7 +857,55 @@ FBL.ns(function() {
// note: content is no more needed, we are doing refresh by changing cache busting parameter in the url.
// this is little bit slower, but it has big advantage, because it fetches new file using whole server stack.
// you know sass, less and other CSS preprocessors should work.
element.href = this.generateNextUrl(element.href);
// now prepare for magic!
// this was original implementation here:
// element.href = this.generateNextUrl(element.href);
// this worked but had unpleasant visual artifacts => my explanation:
// when setting new href to the link tag, Firefox forgets the old stylesheet immediatelly and waits for new stylesheet to be downloaded
// when page reflows during that time (and redisplays), xrefresh user sees unstyled page for a while
// (usualy for fraction of the second until new stylesheet loads and forces new reflow)
// the new shiny idea:
// insert the new stylesheet immediatelly after the original one in the DOM, so it should override old rules
// then remove old stylesheet after some delay (2 seconds should be enough)
// this works nicely for my testing pages
// ---
// as you can see implementation is not very straightforward because of Firefox bugs?!
// var clone = element.cloneNode(false); // DOES NOT WORK, HATE XUL DEVELOPMENT!!!
// insertAfter(styleElement, element);
// clone.href = this.generateNextUrl(element.href);
var insertAfter = function(newElement, targetElement) {
var parent = targetElement.parentNode;
if (parent.lastchild == targetElement) {
} else {
parent.insertBefore(newElement, targetElement.nextSibling);
var url = this.generateNextUrl(element.href);
var styleElement = this.document.createElement("link");
styleElement.setAttribute("type", "text/css");
// cannot set URL here, Firefox freezes for unknown reason!!! see ***
// styleElement.setAttribute("href", url);
styleElement.setAttribute("rel", "stylesheet");
insertAfter(styleElement, element);
setTimeout(function() {
// trick: need to set url after returning to main loop ***
styleElement.setAttribute("href", url);
setTimeout(function() {
// decay old element so we get correct display
}, 2000);
}, 0);
updateJavaScript: function(document, element, content) {

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