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Re: Adaptive images

From: Charl van Niekerk <charlvn@charlvn.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 00:55:05 +0200
Cc: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth@adobe.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
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To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
On 01 Jun 2011, at 11:57 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> This rarely comes up. Usually the user is either looking at the site zoomed out, or panning around in true 1 to 1 size, or the site is designed to fit in one screen width without zooming in or out.

This is, generally speaking, my observation as well, which is why the current convention of "display thumbnail linked to the larger version" worked so well for so many years. The main problem with this approach is that it has usability problems. Some users attempt to zoom in on the thumbnail instead of opening the larger version (particularly on mobile devices). Also, even on "traditional" computers, some people would for example save the thumbnail image when they actually intend to save the full version to their hard drives. (Actually had this case with my mom the other day, which is why it's fresh in my mind.)
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