hi all...

in the stylesheet, i'm using an image as a background for an element like:
backround: #FFF url(pic.jpg) no-repeat 0 0;

i've put this as an external stylesheet and the reference to this is within the <head> tag.

when will the browser load this image ?
a)as soon as the external stylesheet is loaded and the browser sees this image OR
b) when the element that uses this image appears in the DOM