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Re: Adaptive images

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 08:09:03 -0700
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=1ZjQMHJrgCoixZQMDuROgEEvzsw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Charl van Niekerk <charlvn@charlvn.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, 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>
On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM, Charl van Niekerk <charlvn@charlvn.com> wrote:
> 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.)

Is there a way to use media queries to ask for the zoom level? If so,
it seems like this use case would be addressed as long as we come up
with a syntax which lets you choose image based on media query.

/ Jonas
Received on Thursday, 2 June 2011 15:10:04 UTC

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