1 min read • 26 August, 2021.

On the homepage of my site, I've always had written "Bonjour". I've slowly started to learn other languages outside of English and French and wanted to add a mini flair to the site.

It had to follow a strict criteria, however:

  • had to be tiny (less than 500 bytes),
  • could not rely on it (needs to have HTML to back it up in the event of a slow connection or some other issue),
  • had to be fast (had to execute just as fast as it gets loaded on the page).

Saluto pulled off just that by weighing in at a little over 300 bytes, taking only 8 milliseconds on a modern connection and being smaller than most favicons. It works fast and the classic "Bonjour" is always there as a placeholder, should the script break somehow or JavaScript be absent for whatever reason.