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Re: Image Map spec is incomplete. Any Gurus?

From: Robert Rothenberg <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 02:02:39 -0400
Message-Id: <199810030608.CAA01128@unix.asb.com>
To: "James Aylett" <dj@insigma.com>
CC: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>
On 8 Sep 98, James Aylett wrote:

> A question which is perhaps relevant here is: what are the bounds on the
> sizes of images using the current popular file formats?

Good question. Off the top of my head (without specs in front of me) I'm 
guessing the theoretical limits of the standard raster formats are either 
2^16 by 2^16 or 2^32 by 2^32. The lowest of these is still way beyond the 
capabilities of most screens and printers.

A separate question: do the most popular UAs crash and burn on such 
huge images or simply refuse to display them as if they were damaged or 
invalid files?

The best way to address this is to recommend certain practical limits 
based on current usage... even though HTML is device independent, it's not 
good practice to use images beyond 800x600 for instance.

However, vector formats have no theoretical limits.... wait a minute: how 
would area coordinates be defined for a vector image? -1.0..1.0 x -1.0..1.0?
Or use percentages?

(I've heard that IBM has an experimental 300dpi monitor; if such equipment 
becomes standard, a scalable image format for use on the web is going to 
become very important.)

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