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Re: Downloading of images by UA

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 01:48:01 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jason White <jason@jasonjgw.net>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0807300146540.29977@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 31 Jul 2007, Jason White wrote:
> Section 3.14.2 (current CVS checkout): "When the src attribute is set, 
> the user agent must immediately begin to download the specified 
> resource, unless the user agent cannot support images, or its support 
> for images has been disabled."
> This appears to exclude the possibility of a UA that allows the user to 
> select interactively which images to download. Lynx supports this by 
> treating iamges as links, with @alt as the link text. Other user 
> interfaces are conceivable, however.
> My question is whether the spec should exclude this type of behaviour, 
> as it appears to do, or whether the "must not" in the above should be 
> qualified further.
> One could construe "its support for images has been disabled" as 
> covering this case, but I think this exception is more likely to be 
> interpreted as applying only when image rendering has been turned off 
> entirely, leaving open the issue noted above.

Thanks. Updated the spec.

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