'Character is something you forge for yourself; temperament is something you are born with and can only slightly modify. Some people have easy temperaments and weak characters; others have difficult temperaments and strong characters.
We are all prone to confuse the two in assessing people we associate with. Those with easy temperaments and weak characters are more likable than admirable; those with difficult temperaments and strong characters are more admirable than likable. Of course, the optimum for a person is to possess both an easy temperament and a strong character, but this is a rare combination, and few of us are that lucky. The people who get things done tend to be prickly, and the people we enjoy being with tend to be accepting, and there seems to be no way to get around this. Obviously, there are many combinations of character and temperament, in varying degrees, so that this is only a rough generalization - but I think it is one worth remembering when we make personal judgments.' -Sydney J. Harris

Conditionally Load Javascript and CSS

by Ethan Glover, Tue, Apr 14, 2015 - (Edited) Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Previously I discussed how to display code and math on your website. However, if you also followed my guide on how to create a static header and footer for a custom built website, you may be worried about pagespeed issues.

With things like Google Prettify and MathJax reloading on every page of your site because the code is in your head file, it can slow things down. Your first thought may be to create a unique head file for pages that use Prettify and MathJax. However, there's an easier way.

PHP offers a simple way of doing if statements. For example, you can send a variable to your head file that tells it whether or not to use certain code. Here's what I mean:

<?php if ($gcode == 1): ?>
[Code to use here]
<?php endif ?>

This means if you set the variable gcode as one on your article page, it will display the code you want. If not, it will be ignored entirely, freeing up bandwidth for pagespeed.

On your article page (such as conditionally-load-javacscript-css.php) create the variable you want to use in the head section. You'll recognize this method from my static header and footer article:

Then, in your head file, use the PHP if statement above to conditionally include the code of your choice. This is especially helpful with JavaScripts that may slow down your site:

With this simple addition, when you want to include Google Prettify on a page, just set the gcode variable to 1. For MathJax, set the mjax variable to 1.