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Re: style sheet scalability (was: Specifying style notation in <link>)

From: Scott E. Preece <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 1995 08:41:10 -0600
Message-Id: <199512051441.IAA07430@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: lilley@afs.mcc.ac.uk
Cc: Hakon.Lie@sophia.inria.fr, boo@best.com, mseaton@inforamp.net, www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
   From: lilley <lilley@afs.mcc.ac.uk>
|   Some image formats, such as TIFF and PNG, can give the desired display
|   dimensions of an image (and by implication, the number of pixels per
|   inch).  Should this size be honoured?
|   I would say no, if the browser is going to do a quick and dirty
|   rescaling job and mess up the image.  (Then again browser do quick and
|   dirty colour reduction jobs and further screw up the image quality, so
|   why not?)

While the discussion of image quality is important and needs to be
considered in answering the question, it's also important to remember
the reason for the original question - many content providers are using
images to present pre-formatted text, for image maps, charts, logos, and
other cases where they need to work around HTML's inability to control
presentation.  While the quality of the rendering is probably important
to people using images for this purpose, making sure the text is large
enough to be read is *critical*.  In that context it makes a lot of
sense to be able to specify a preferred display size for an image (and,
perhaps, an indication of how much the author cares about variation.


scott preece
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