Temporary background image while the big one is loading? [migrated]

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Published on 2012-03-22T17:45:29Z Indexed on 2012/03/22 23:39 UTC
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Is there a way, without javascript, to load a small image for a background before the real image is downloaded? Without javascript because I know how to do it with it.

I can't test if the following CSS3 would work because it works too quick:

body { 
  background-image:url('hugefile.jpg'), url('tinypreload.jpg');

If the tinypreload.jpg is only, say 20k, and the hugefile.jpg is 300k -- would this accomplish the task? I assume that both downloads would start at the same time instead of being consecutive.

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