[whatwg] Re: media types

Malcolm Rowe malcolm-what at farside.org.uk
Mon Jul 26 04:43:08 PDT 2004

Mark Schenk writes:
> Therefor I would like to suggest a read-only "window.medium" set to a
> media type ("screen" | "print" | "projection" | "tv" | "handheld" |
> "speech" etc).

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? 

[Hmm, you could probably emulate this now: by using CSS's @media blocks, and 
then detecting what style rules were active from script.] 

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'?). 

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. 


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