[whatwg] Built-in image sprite support in HTML5

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Fri May 21 10:11:12 PDT 2010

On Fri, 2010-05-21 at 10:12 -0700, David Weitzman wrote:

> 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
> accessibility.
> 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.
> Thoughts?
> - David

It does seem like a good idea, because it does make sure that the
sprites are accessible, which they really aren't at the moment.


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