Originally Posted by Old Pedant
That's the right way, but the question is: Why would you have something OTHER than the first image there in the first place? If it takes a second or two to figure out what you need to display, maybe you should instead show something completely different--a kind of "please wait" placeholder?--until you have all your content ready to display.
So... Methinks you need to come up with a way to make your page look good for those few seconds it takes to do the processing.
Excellent, thank you for the definitive explanation!
The images are there as... i guess you would call them stock images mearly placed for the design and layout aspects. I removed them and the without seeing the images change and instead seeing the images appear a brief moment after the page loads is almost acceptable... if even noticable if i wasent staring directly at it like the person who just made a change to it.. lol
if the JSON request drags out and there is a longer delay... i guess i can aquire a loading image or something of the sort as xelawho recommended.
thanks again for the help