Performance (or other) benefit to adding CSS and JS files in a .info file rather than tpl?

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Yes, the JavaScript cannot be aggregated meaning that instead of asking for a single (few) css/js files, the browser will have to ask for more files which is slower and required more work of your web server.

Depeding on how many JS and CSS files you add in your page.tpl.php you can get a noticeable performance improvement using the .info file method. It's also a lot better should you need to use your theme as a base theme, since it allows for better alters of the JS/CSS files.

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