[whatwg] Resurrection of HTML+'s <image> (was: <video> element feedback)

Simon Pieters zcorpan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 17:27:49 PDT 2007

On Wed, 21 Mar 2007 00:42:24 +0100, Nicholas Shanks  
<contact at nickshanks.com> wrote:

> I asked for the resurrection of HTML+'s <image>fallback</image>
> element last month.
> The reasons I cited were exactly the same as the reasons being given
> now in favour of the <video> element, however I was told
> (paraphrasing) "Why bother, you can just use <object>" and "That
> would break existing implementations" (though no such implementations
> were cited).

Existing implementations include at least:

  * Internet Explorer
  * Firefox
  * Opera
  * Safari

The <image> start tag is parsed as if it were <img>, so you would get both  
the image and the fallback with HTML+ markup. Existing content rely on  
this behaviour, which is why it was added to the Parsing spec (see "A  
start tag whose tag name is "image"", and see comment in source).

Simon Pieters

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