[whatwg] Built-in image sprite support in HTML5

Robert O'Callahan robert at ocallahan.org
Sun May 30 15:46:38 PDT 2010

On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 3:58 AM, Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> wrote:

> Yeah, I'd think this isn't really a problem that should be solved as
> part of HTML5 but rather as improvements to the protocol level.
> Spriting is after all just a hack around the strict 1-file-1-request
> nature of HTTP and not something that's really fundamental.
> For instance theoretically SPDY should solve this problem. Or indeed
> so would HTTP pipelining, if it was used more often.

HTTP-level solutions are vulnerable to broken proxies and caches, of which
there are many. This is why HTTP pipelining doesn't really work.

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the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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