Dunno if the server has gzipping or not but can't we just store the damned thing as a gzip anyway? If it is going to be sent as gzip then surely there would be some way of storing it as gzip and sending that.
That wouldn't work, because Apache would serve the gzip file with a different mime-type and the browser wouldn't know that it must be decompressed first.
Also we are going to need to have graceful degradation for browsers that wont handle this stuff.
No problem. I won't use jQuery to code stuff that would make the site unusable for older browsers.