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Re: Are IMG height/width deprecated? Why not?

From: Ian Hickson <exxieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 14:01:49 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <005c01bd8350$31b96d60$d020268a@hpxu>
To: David Norris <kg9ae@geocities.com>, www-html@w3.org
David Norris wrote:
[huge snip of very readable prose]
>The height and width attributes are not for specifying what the height
>and width should be.  They are for specifying what the height and width
>are, thus part of the description of the image.  Such as alt, etc.
[huge snip of very readable prose]

Unfortunately, you're wrong :-)

The HTML4 spec changed this, and in HTML4 height and width are _override_
dimensions. IOW, they can be used to change the dimensions of the image.

>From http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-HTML40/struct/objects.html#adef-width-IMG
>width = length [CN]
>Image and object width override.
>height = length [CN]
>Image and object {height} override.
>
>When specified, the width and height attributes tell user agents
>to override the natural image or object size in favor of these values.
>
>When the object is an image, it is scaled. [...]

It even mentions percentage widths as being valid.

This is why I believe that the errata should point out that the attribute
index is wrong, and that height and width *are* deprecated. The
functionality of height and width is available in CSS1.

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Ian Hickson
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Received on Wednesday, 20 May 1998 03:05:10 GMT

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