Re: PR-HTML40

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Thu, 13 Nov 1997 17:32:54 -0500


Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19971113173254.00911100@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 17:32:54 -0500
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.3.96.971113160102.314B-100000@elmert>
Subject: Re: PR-HTML40

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At 04:09 PM 13/11/97 -0500, Steve Cheng wrote:
>On Wed, 12 Nov 1997, Liam Quinn wrote:
>
>> A nice perfect-world solution, IMO, would be to give the width and 
height 
>> in an external style sheet, which means that an image's width and 
height 
>> need only be specified once for an entire site.  
>
>AFAIK, in HTML 3.2, the WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes are only used for
>pre-determining the size of the image so graphical browsers may layout 
the
>page "on-the-fly". User agents are not required to scale the image if the
>width/height specified are different from the actual dimensions. (HTML 
4.0
>appears to change this.) Thus, they serve as an optimizing function more
>than affecting presentation. Perhaps they shouldn't really belong in
>separate stylesheets.

But what they optimize *is* the presentation--they optimize the display of 
the page.  Using style sheets allows other forms of optimization (faster 
downloads, greater flexibility), but the primary function is still to 
suggest a presentation--in this case, to suggest (implicitly) an on-the-
fly display.

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Liam Quinn
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