[whatwg] <imgset> responsive imgs proposition (Re: The src-N proposal)

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 13:07:45 PST 2013

On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM, Adam Barth <w3c at adambarth.com> wrote:
> Do you have an alternative proposal aside from src-N?  Recall that
> src-N has been rejected by WebKit and therefore is no longer viable.

As far as I've been able to divine, Apple's position is "do nothing,
because srcset is good enough for the iPad".  There were vague hints
of technical problems that, despite repeated questions about it, were
never elaborated on.  The only objection is aesthetic.

Aesthetic concerns don't, by themselves, suffice to shoot down an idea
that other vendors like.  By that same token, srcset is dead, because
FF dropped support for it.

I'm not even sure Apple doesn't object to PreloaderCSS, except that by
virtue of it being roughly "do nothing", they might not feel like it's
"a grotesque perversion of the HTML language" or "[making] the web my
science project". The only feedback from Apple in this thread has been
Ryosuke saying that he thinks art direction is "presentational", and
thus better suited to being placed in CSS (it's no more presentational
than the src attribute itself), and Maciej saying that using 'content'
rather than 'background-image' seems better (valid).


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