ssn ssn - 1 month ago 25
HTML Question

How to fallback to local stylesheet (not script) if CDN fails

I am linking to the jQuery Mobile stylesheet on a CDN and would like to fall back to my local version of the stylesheet if the CDN fails. For scripts the solution is well known:

<!-- Load jQuery and jQuery mobile with fall back to local server -->
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.6.3.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') {
document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='jquery-1.6.3.min.js'%3E"));
}
</script>


I would like to do something similar for a style sheet:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.0b3/jquery.mobile-1.0b3.min.css" />


I am not sure if a similar approach can be achieved because I am not sure whether the browser blocks in the same way when linking a script as it does when loading a script (maybe it is possible to load a stylesheet in a script tag and then inject it into the page) ?

So my question is: How do I ensure a stylesheet is loaded locally if a CDN fails ?

Answer

Not cross-browser tested but I think this will work. Will have to be after you load jquery though, or you'll have to rewrite it in plain Javascript.

<script type="text/javascript">
$.each(document.styleSheets, function(i,sheet){
  if(sheet.href=='http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.0b3/jquery.mobile-1.0b3.min.css') {
    var rules = sheet.rules ? sheet.rules : sheet.cssRules;
    if (rules.length == 0) {
      $('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="path/to/local/jquery.mobile-1.0b3.min.css" />').appendTo('head');
    }
 }
})
</script>