Grunt plugin to convert external scripts and stylesheets into embedded ones.
This is a Grunt plugin wrapper around resource-embedder.
Turns short external scripts and stylesheets into embedded ones:
<script> ... </script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="bar.css">becomes
<style> ... </style>
The default behaviour is to embed anything under 5KB in size, but this threshold is configurable.
Should you embed your scripts? Depends. Embedding reduces the number of HTTP requests, and can reduce blocking of subsequent requests and page rendering, but it also means the resources can't be cached individually and shared between pages.
You should do your own measurements to work out if this is a good trade-off in your situation. But, as a guide: short, blocking scripts in the head are often a good candidate for embedding.
A small Modernizr build is a good example: if it's embedded (as a script before your main stylesheet), it will have been executed and applied any special CSS classes to the
<html> tag before your styles are received. Then as soon as the styles are received, any subsequent background-image downloads can be started immediately, because Modernizr's classes will already have been added to the
npm install grunt-embed --save-dev
Load the task in your Gruntfile:
In your Gruntfile, add a section named
embed to the data object passed into
Any options will be passed through to
resource-embedder – see full list of options.
Embed any external scripts and stylesheets under 5KB in size (the default threshold):
Custom threshold – embed anything under 3KB in size:
You can use
data-embed attributes to override the options for an individual resource.
<!-- always embed --><!-- never embed --><!-- embed if under 10KB -->
In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.
Copyright (c) 2013 Callum Locke. Licensed under the MIT license.