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Re: [CSS] Image sprites and catalogs

From: Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:03:04 -0800
Message-ID: <CAGN7qDC_ceewJarRm_Askp6JAM=cg+zkgmS+EZnFS49uWqhYqg@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: Andrew Fedoniouk <a.fedoniouk@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org
Sprites are not just used as a download optimization, they are also more
efficient for drawing dumb (but efficient) animations.
They allow you to upload everything to graphics memory and create a
flip-book by simply changing the drawing offset.

As with HTTP2, once we have true support for vector animations, their usage
should diminish.

Rik

On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM, Andrew Fedoniouk <a.fedoniouk@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > It would be nice if it will be possible to define catalog images
> > (image lists) in CSS directly.
> >
> > Something like this:
> >
> > @image-list MyIcons {
> >    image: url(my-huge-catalog.png);
> >    parts: cut-icon 0 0 16 16,
> >             copy-icon 16 0 16 16,
> >             paste-icon 32 0 16 16;
> >   ...
> > }
> >
> > And later in styles to use these catalog parts as
> >
> > button#cut {   background-image: MyIcons(cut-icon);   }
> > button#copy {   background-image: MyIcons(copy-icon);   }
> > .....
> >
> > I think that web app designers will appreciate that.
>
> Spriting is an unfortunately-necessary performance hack due to the
> design of HTTP (in particular, the high time-cost of starting a new
> connection, which must be done for every file).  This will become less
> necessary as HTTP2 (previously SPDY) is implemented and rolled out.
>
> In the meantime, a combination of Image Values and Variables will
> solve the problem.  You can replace your code with this:
>
> :root {
>  data-cut-icon: image("my-huge-catalog.png#xywh=0,0,16,16");
>  data-copy-icon: image("my-huge-catalog.png#xywh=16,0,16,16");
>  data-paste-icon: image("my-huge-catalog.png#xywh=32,0,16,16");
> }
> ...
> button#cut { background-image: data(cut-icon); }
> button#copy { background-image: data(copy-icon); }
>
> ~TJ
>
>
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