It might be a bug. Dave Hyatt, primary developer of Safari, posted on his
official site about "aggressive caching" issues. Maybe my question will be
answered by a Software Update to Safari.
>From: "John Potter" [EMAIL-REMOVED]>
>Subject: RE: [css-d] Safari cacheing all CSS bg images
>Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 09:17:04 +1300
>Brandon Trepur wrote:
> >I've noticed that Safari will download every background image in a
> >stylesheet regardless of whether that background image is used on the
> >you're currently on.
>It isn't just Safari. Just last night I watched IE5 Mac / OS9.1 do exactly
>what you describe.
>My client was complaining that one of the background images wasn't
>downloading completely - it turned out that the image had partly loaded
>while he was on a previous page, and the browser got convinced it was all
>there. Forcing a refresh was not enough to over-write the part image - I
>to empty his cache and wait patiently on the index page for all the images
>If Mac users want to check this out, I'll leave a copy of a page on the
>Copy of CSS is at http://johngroom.co.nz/includes/not4mac.css (the
>list of page-specific images is at the bottom).
>I'm about to fix the problem through the rest of the site by moving the
>image calls into the head of each .htm file.
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