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Re: directional images

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 15:26:54 -0800
Message-ID: <4CD735BE.80202@inkedblade.net>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: "Aharon (Vladimir) Lanin" <aharon@google.com>, W3C style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>, "public-i18n-bidi@w3.org" <public-i18n-bidi@w3.org>
On 11/05/2010 02:13 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 3:59 AM, Aharon (Vladimir) Lanin
> <aharon@google.com>  wrote:
>>
>> As was also mentioned, this does not address similar flipping/rotation for
>> <img>  elements ...
>
> Could you do this by tagging the <img>  with @dir? ...
>
> That is, whenever the <img>  is in an opposite-direction context, flip it.

Theoretically, yes, but most of the time image content isn't directional.
So you don't want to do that unconditionally. (Note the 'dir' attribute
on <img>, <object>, etc. is supposed to indicate the base direction of
fallback text; it is not about the directionality of the image itself.)

In fact, I can't think of a use case where an embedded *content* image
would need to be flipped for horizontal presentation. All the images
that I can think of that would need to be flipped are presentational.

If there are counterexamples that prove a strong case for automatic
direction-flipping of content images, then the issue should be brought
to the HTMLWG for consideration; hacking this with CSS is not appropriate
imo. I'm just not coming up with anything--and the workaround of providing
alternate images does exist for any unusual cases.

~fantasai
Received on Sunday, 7 November 2010 23:27:36 GMT

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