prefers-reduced-data

Experimental

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

Draft

This page is not complete.

Note: This feature is not supported by any user agent and its specifics are subject to change.

The prefers-reduced-data CSS media feature is used to detect if the user has requested the web content that consumes less internet traffic.

Syntax

no-preference
Indicates that the user has made no preference known to the system. This keyword value evaluates as false in the boolean context.
reduce
Indicates that user has expressed the preference for lightweight alternate content.

User preferences

Currently no user agent implements this feature, although various operating systems do support such preferences and if this media query is ever implemented user agents will likely rely on the settings provided by the operating system.

Examples

Note: No browser currently implements this feature so the following example will not work.

In this example the montserrat-regular.woff2 font file will neither be preloaded nor downloaded if the user prefers reduced data, in this case the "system font stack" will serve as the fallback font:

HTML

<head>
  <link rel="preload" href="fonts/montserrat-regular.woff2" as="font" media="(prefers-reduced-data: no-preference)" crossorigin>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
</head>

CSS

@media (prefers-reduced-data: no-preference) {
    @font-face {
        font-family: Montserrat;
        font-style: normal;
        font-weight: 400;
        font-display: swap;
        /* latin */
        src: local('Montserrat Regular'), local('Montserrat-Regular'), url('fonts/montserrat-regular.woff2') format('woff2');
        unicode-range: U+0000-00FF, U+0131, U+0152-0153, U+02BB-02BC, U+02C6, U+02DA, U+02DC, U+2000-206F, U+2074, U+20AC, U+2122, U+2191, U+2193, U+2212, U+2215, U+FEFF, U+FFFD;
    }
}

body {
  font-family: Montserrat, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, "Microsoft YaHei", sans-serif, "Apple Color Emoji", "Segoe UI Emoji", "Segoe UI Symbol";
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Media Queries Level 5
The definition of 'reduced-data' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also