[whatwg] Use of media queries to limit bandwidth/data transfer

Håkon Wium Lie howcome at opera.com
Mon Dec 19 11:10:54 PST 2011

Also sprach Anne van Kesteren:

 > >> It's not clear that device-width and device-height should be encouraged
 > >> since they don't tell you anything about how much content area is  
 > >> *actually* visible to the user.

Knowing the device width/height could potentially be be used to decide
if users should be encouraged to go into fullscreen mode. It's a slim
use case, though.

 > > Why do media queries support querying the device dimensions? Shouldn't
 > > those be changed to be aliases for width and height?
 > Media Queries were thought to be too far along the Recommendation track to  
 > be fixed. color/color-index/monochrome/scan/grid are also somewhat dubious  
 > in this day and age.

There are enough e-ink devices out there for color/monochrome to still
make sense. The others could probably be deprecated without missing

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