Module 2: Improving mobile site speed

2.2.2 The render tree

The CSSOM and DOM trees are combined into a render tree, which is then used to compute the layout of each visible element and serves as an input to the paint process that renders the pixels to screen. Optimizing each of these steps is critical to achieving optimal rendering performance.

In the previous section on constructing the object model, we built the DOM and the CSSOM trees based on the HTML and CSS input. However, both of these are independent objects that capture different aspects of the document: one describes the content, and the other describes the style rules that need to be applied to the document. How do we merge the two and get the browser to render pixels on the screen

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