I can't seem to figure out why a certain portion of my home page elements are getting styled after the page loads. It's just a small delay (less than a second), but I would like to fix the issue. I've attached a before and after picture. Any tips would be appreciated. Is this an issue because I am apllying this style property: "list-style-image" and hence the delay in downloading the image? According to Chrome's dev tools, the images are downloaded before the "Load Event" fires. So, what am I missing?

My site's homepage: http://www.itgeared.com/

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HTML sample for this section:

<div class="def" id="defRightTop">
    <span class="defSpan">Popular Articles</span>
    <ul class="def" id="defFavorites">
        <li><a href="#">Preparing your Active Directory for 2008</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">How to Pass Parameters to VBScript</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Implementing a Password Policy</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">What is Split DNS?</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">DNS Conditional Forwarding in Server 2008</a></li>
    </ul>
</div

CSS for this section:

.defSpan {font-size:1.75em;font-weight:bold;}
#defTopHeading {font-size:1.75em;margin-top:-10px;}              
#defFavorites {
list-style-image: url('../images/website/favorite.png')}

#defRightTop{
float:right;width:53%;}

.def li {
margin-bottom:0px;}

.def a {
font-weight:normal;
font-size:1.3em;
position:relative;
bottom:7px;
border:1px solid transparent;
padding:1px;
background-color:transparent;
margin-bottom:10px;}

.def a:hover {
color: #333333;
text-decoration: none;
border:1px solid #CCCCCC;
padding:1px;
background-color:#E6E6E6;}

Looks indeed like the initial loading of the images. No longer an issue once the website/images are cached.

Thanks for looking into this. Is there a better approach in your opinion? Possibly using one sprite instead of 4 images, then just placing the image in front of the list items instead of swapping out the bullet itself? since the images files are so small, i didnt think this would be an issue.

I would be interested in your thoughts before I spend the time going down this path to simply have the same result or worse.

A single sprite could work, or a separate domain for your images (or a CDN) so they will load simultaneously.

I'll work on this some more and give that a try, thanks!

So, after further investigation and trying different techniques, it appears that something wtih the use of lists+styling+images, is slow to render. I proceeded to resolve this issue by replacing the list element with images next to hyperlinks. Styled them in a similar manner. Problem solved.