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Re: [agenda] Sprites for decorative images only

From: Bruce Lawson <brucel@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 14:48:29 +0100
To: achuter@technosite.es, "MWI BPWG Public" <public-bpwg@w3.org>
Cc: adamconnors@google.com
Message-ID: <op.ut8dy3gdh8on37@bruce-pc>
On Wed, 20 May 2009 11:25:53 +0100, Alan Chuter <achuter@technosite.es>  

> That was my understanding. But I have to apologise for commenting  
> without doing enough research first. Sprites should be used, I believe,  
> with replacement techniques (see Dave Shea's blog [1] for a survey of  
> them). In that case the image is an alternative to the text. If CSS does  
> not work for any reason, the text is displayed (as long as the whole  
> sprite image isn't then filling up the window). so maybe this isn't the  
> case after all.

Maybe a terminology problem. I understood sprites to mean small graphics  
combined together into one file - so a bullet for a link and a different  
coloured bullet for a hovered link would not be two separate tiny gifs  
that need to be fetched over http, but they'd be side-by-side in an image  
and then positioned by css to show one or the other.

In such a case, CSS is correctly used as the image is decorative so their  
is no requirement for a textual equivalent.
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