Wikipedia pages are slow to load

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Ask Toolbar may cause performance problems with Internet Explorer and SuperMemo.


Sheng Liu wrote:

Something at the bottom of Wikipedia pages makes elements take terribly long to load (SuperMemo 16). I expect this problem is already known, but I thought I'd report it anyway. It's a big time waster and frustrates me with SM as never before. I hope it's fixed soon.

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More information needed

  • this problem could not be reproduced. Could you provide specific Wikipedia pages that cause this problem?
  • imports and page loading have been optimized for speed in SuperMemo 16 and should be much faster than in earlier version (up to 200x acceleration in some bottleneck areas). This optimization was particularly scrupulous for Wikipedia processing. In that light, your problem seems pretty unusual. Please describe in as much detail as possible in what context the slowdown occurs
  • is this a Tablet PC? What brand? SuperMemo 16 received very limited testing on Tablets. Possibly there will be an update later in 2014 if there are more tweaks needed for tablets
  • do you use Ask Toolbar? Please try to disable it for a while and see how it affects performance. If you did not ask to have Ask Toolbar installed, and you have problems with uninstalling, see Error setting HTML text
  • please try to move SuperMemo away from \Program Files folder, e.g. to c:\supermemo, or d:\supermemo and see if the problem occurs there as well
  • if any of the suggestions here help, please do not forget to send back your feedback to formulate an answer for other users if they experience the same problem

Follow up

I've chosen a Wikipedia page arbitrarily: which exemplifies the problem as most Wikipedia pages do.

To clarify, the problem is not in importing the Wikipedia pages to SM. I most often do so with the following selection:

Web page import mode: Local pages (elements hold whole web pages)

and this works perhaps slightly faster & smoother than in the previous version of SM.

The problem is during learning. Unless the bottom of the page is deleted or excluded from the given extraction, it takes a long time to work as normally e.g. text can't be selected, the page can't be edited, and the "Learn" button will work. This becomes very time-consuming.


  • this page at Wikipedia seems to import correctly and fast in Windows 8.1 with Internet Explorer 11
  • no slowdown could be observed when editing or extracting, with or without the bottom part
  • the bottom part of the article includes lots of Table and Style material that is notoriously slow when parsed by Internet Explorer. However, this is slow in terms of milliseconds, not in human observable terms
  • please try to run Internet Explorer without add-ons. Perhaps you run some extra processes that do some kind of indexing or scanning on the said HTML
  • this problem is almost certainly SuperMemo independent. In other words, you need to look for culprits in apps, services and processes around Internet Explorer. Most of all, please disable Ask Toolbar

System Data

SuperMemo 16 Beta G (Build 16.0 Beta G, Nov 18, 2013)
Time: Nov 27, 2013, Wed, 10:10
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Orbital part of inferior frontal gyrus

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Brain: Orbital part of inferior frontal gyrus
Orbital part of inferior frontal gyrus (shown in red).
Lateral surface of cerebral cortex

pars orbitalis gyri frontalis inferioris
The Orbital part of inferior frontal gyrus (literally "the part that 
covers") is the part of the inferior frontal gyrus named opercularis 
because it covers part of the insula. The pars opercularis together with 
the pars triangularis form the Broca's area, a neuroanatomic region 
important in speech-language production.
In the human, this region occupies the triangular part of the inferior 
frontal gyrus and, surrounding the anterior horizontal limb of the 
lateral sulcus, a portion of the orbital part of the inferior frontal 
gyrus. Bounded caudally by the anterior ascending limb of the lateral 
sulcus, it borders on the insula in the depth of the lateral sulcus. 
Cytoarchitectonically it is bounded caudally by the opercular area 44, 
rostrodorsally by the area 46 of Brodmann ( human ) and ventrally by the 
area 47 of Brodmann ( human ) ( Brodmann-1909 ).[1]
Syudo Yamasaki et al. (1 September 2010) found that a ...
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