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Re: Image sprites use cases

From: Alex Kaminski <activewidgets@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 13:10:15 +0200
Message-ID: <6328fb9a0909030410j7f6e84e5gca97bda0a25d12dd@mail.gmail.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Boris Zbarsky<bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
> Actually, the proposal would be a package with a manifest, then you address
> the images normally and they get loaded from the package in browsers that
> support it (and one by one from the web server in ones that don't).  That
> way it's even backwards compatible and can be rolled out as soon as desired.
>  See http://limi.net/articles/resource-packages for a very initial proposal
> draft; comments welcome.

The package proposal is excellent and it covers very well the basic
usage of image sprites (to reduce the number of http requests).
However it still does not provide much help to the developers of web
applications and component libraries who also need an efficient method
to address many (possibly hundreds) of image fragments. Would it be
right thing then to target the new CSS sprites technique to this
advanced use case (UI components), possibly using something like
image-region property, assuming that the basic sprites case is covered
by the new packaging proposal?

-- 
Alex Kaminski
http://www.activewidgets.com
Received on Thursday, 3 September 2009 11:14:32 GMT

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