How to fallback to local stylesheet (not script) if CDN fails


I am linking to the jQuery Mobile stylesheet on a CDN and would like to fall back to my local version of the stylesheet if the CDN fails. For scripts the solution is well known:

<!-- Load jQuery and jQuery mobile with fall back to local server -->
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
  if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') {
    document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='jquery-1.6.3.min.js'%3E"));

I would like to do something similar for a style sheet:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />

I am not sure if a similar approach can be achieved because I am not sure whether the browser blocks in the same way when linking a script as it does when loading a script (maybe it is possible to load a stylesheet in a script tag and then inject it into the page) ?

So my question is: How do I ensure a stylesheet is loaded locally if a CDN fails ?


Not cross-browser tested but I think this will work. Will have to be after you load jquery though, or you’ll have to rewrite it in plain Javascript.

<script type="text/javascript">
$.each(document.styleSheets, function(i,sheet){
  if(sheet.href=='') {
    var rules = sheet.rules ? sheet.rules : sheet.cssRules;
    if (rules.length == 0) {
      $('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="path/to/local/" />').appendTo('head');

Answered By – katy lavallee

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