[whatwg] Re: media types
ian at hixie.ch
Sat Aug 21 16:49:58 PDT 2004
On Mon, 26 Jul 2004, Malcolm Rowe wrote:
> Not a bad idea, I suppose, but I'd like to understand more about the use
> case for this kind of functionality. What *behaviour* (not presentation,
> since that would be CSS) do you expect you'd change based on the active
> media type?
You could change, e.g., whether to display an animated chart on a
<canvas>, or whether to display a static chart (when printing).
> Secondly, is 'the current media type' only ever a single value, or can more
> than one media type be active at one time (e.g., 'projection' + 'screen'?).
CSS defines it as impossible for there to be two modes on one canvas
active at any one time, so window.mediaMode can only ever be one value.
> Finally, 'window.medium' is a really bad choice for the name. I know that
> 'medium' is the right word (if only one can be active), but no-one's going to
> associate 'medium' with 'active media type'. 'mediaType' would be better.
I agree; I considered mediaType but that's often used to mean MIME type,
which is why I instead called it mediaMode.
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