not skilled enough to do this, but maybe someone out there is.
What I want is a utility that will take a bit of html, such
as for the sidebar in a blog, generate a image file that looks just
like the html would if it were rendered on a web page, then find all
the links and map them to that image file.
Then when a blog page loads, instead of calling up a gazillion little
picture files and running a bunch of little java scripts, it would just
need to load that one image. It seems as though that would be
a lot faster. Of course it should be smart enough to know
when it needs to regenerate itself, say, if you add something to your
blogroll. But I would settle for one that has to be told when
to regenerate. I suppose if it were part of the blogging
software, it could regenerate itself every day at 3AM or something like
Some things would loose a bit, like those things that tally the cost of
the war in Iraq. It would only change once a day.
Some sidebar glitter, like the phase-of-the-moon or
current-weather things, would not be suitable. You would have
to leave those as they are, or decide they are not worth the bandwidth
and get rid of them. Not that I would ever tell anyone else
what they should do with their blog.