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Re: Repeating gradients (Was: Re: Talk on radial gradients)

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 11:37:13 -0500
Message-ID: <dd0fbad0908260937g6318d9c0oa22245f88f61017@mail.gmail.com>
To: François REMY <fremycompany_pub@yahoo.fr>
Cc: David Perrell <davidp@hpaa.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM, François
REMY<fremycompany_pub@yahoo.fr> wrote:
> From: "David Perrell" <davidp@hpaa.com>
>>
>> Should there be a means to name (and cache) a gradient 'generated image'
>> for
>> reuse? If I have a class that uses the same gradient throughout a website,
>> might it not be counter-productive, relative to a cached image file, to
>> have
>> the gradient reconstructed at each occurance?
>
> Caching may be useful, but it's the browser that should take the decision of
> performing
> or not caching based on the type of gradient. That kind of consideration
> should not be
> left in the hands of the web designer.
>
> Many factors may enter in the decision of caching :
> * Specificity of a gradient (could a cached image of the gradient be used
>  whichever size the box has, or not)
> * Time needed to paint the gradient
> * Available memory to cache the gradient
> * ...
>
> The web designer could never perform good decisions since they don't have
> many keys of the equation in their hands.
>
> (It's my meaning, at least)

This is also basically the same issue that exists around using data:
uris for images in CSS.  They're not currently cached, but they could
potentially be.

~TJ
Received on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 16:38:17 GMT

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