[whatwg] <img> element comments

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at myrealbox.com
Sun Oct 14 03:32:20 PDT 2007

On Oct 14, 2007, at 2:03 AM, Henri Sivonen wrote:
> ...
> I don't think "If both attributes are specified, then the ratio of the 
> specified width to the specified height must be the same as the ratio 
> of the logical width to the logical height in the image file." solves 
> any real problem given what browsers already have to implement, so I'd 
> remove that sentence.
> ...

As a real-world example, Launchpad currently stretches the width of 
static images to produce simple bar charts of how much particular 
software packages have been localized.

We have to specify both width= and height= for the images, because 
specifying width= alone causes w3m to stretch the images vertically to 
maintain their aspect ratio. Meanwhile, elsewhere we're using <canvas>, 
so we should really be declaring our pages to be HTML 5 site-wide.

The sentence Henri quoted would require us to choose between 
server-side generation of every chart image, incompatibility with w3m, 
or non-conformance with any HTML specification. I know w3m isn't 
exactly a major browser, but I don't see any good reason for having to 
make that choice.

Matthew Paul Thomas

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