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What do we do with picture?

From: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:28:21 +0100
To: public-respimg@w3.org
Message-ID: <B89925CDB78241DDB3FFB92279B8B901@marcosc.com>
Hi All, 
The Editors of the <picture> spec been under pressure from the HTML Working Group Chairs to take some action with regards to picture. We can continue to move it forward along the recommendation track or we can "end-of-life" it by publishing it as a Note. In light of the src-n proposal, I'm inclined for us to publish it as a Note. The rationale being that src-n does exactly the same things that <picture> was doing, but overcomes the shortcomings with <picture>, in particular:

1. we don't need a new element (picture) that represent something that semantically already exists in the platform (img). 
2. we don't need to special-case the <source> element. 
3. we don't need to have an element that accepts child elements (which browser vendors don't like).
4. we don't need to define all sorts of complex interactions between <source> and <picture> by monkey patching "media elements". 

The src-n proposal is by no means perfect - particularly the viewport-url syntax might need a little more love; but apart from that, it's basically all the goodness of <picture> in a nice little img package.  

So, does anyone have any objections to us publishing picture as a Note? 

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Marcos Caceres
Received on Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:28:54 UTC

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