You know that frustrating Google PageSpeed Insights opportunity “Defer unused CSS”? Well, it’s going to be renamed soon (in Lighthouse first, so GPSI should follow) as per this Github merged pull request;
The full text will read;
Remove unused CSS Remove dead rules from stylesheets and defer the loading of CSS not used for above-the-fold content to reduce unnecessary bytes consumed by network activity.
Although 52ms for a page with 3 “LYTE players” is minimal when compared to loading the same page with the full embedded YouTube player, the above statement bugged me enough to search the web for information about reflows and how to prevent them. Some of the more interesting articles:
Based on these pointers I started reworking lyte.js while testing on Google’s Page Speed Online (as far as I can tell the only tool that can detect reflows and then only as an experimental feature) to minimize reflows. I ended up:
adding the pL div, which contains the LYTE player UI (play-button, controls & YouTube thumbnail), only after all styles have been applied
adding the tC div, which contains the title, only after the tT div (with the title as received in the YouTUbe jsonp-call) has been added to it
replaced el.clientWidth (and el.clientHeight) with el.style.width.match(/\d+/g)
some widths and heights did not have a unit specified in the dynamically generated CSS and this sloppy coding apparently also (indirectly) caused reflow
WP YouTube Lyte 1.1.1 will get pushed out in a couple of days (Thursday, probably) and will ship with these performance optimizations (and a fix for a regression which causes some styles not to be applied any more).