[whatwg] Built-in image sprite support in HTML5

David Weitzman dweitzman at gmail.com
Fri May 21 10:12:50 PDT 2010

There are various approaches to using image sprites with HTML and CSS,
but at the end of the day they are all essentially hacks. A solution
that would be simpler than any existing approach would be to introduce
new attributes for <img> to specify x and y offsets and clipping on
images. With that you would get simpler markup for sprites and better

One downside of this approach is that with background image sprites
you can have a CSS class that abstracts away the name of the sprite
image. With <img> tags you would have to specify the URL and
height/width individually on every sprited image.


- David

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