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Re: [whatwg] Responsive image maps

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:08:51 +0100
To: Erik Dahlström <ed@opera.com>, "Andrea Rendine" <master.skywalker.88@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <op.xv11g1btidj3kv@simons-mbp>
Cc: whatwg@lists.whatwg.org
On Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:41:26 +0100, Andrea Rendine  
<master.skywalker.88@gmail.com> wrote:

> why
> not improving an existing feature instead of finding so many expensive
> workarounds? It'd allow authors the choice to use between 2 different  
> tools
> for different cases.

See https://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#Where.27s_the_harm_in_adding.E2.80.94

I think many people consider <map> to be a "legacy" feature [1], where the  
primary goal is interop and compat with Web content. Changing such  
features means moving away from interop, and risk breaking Web content.  
Therefore, improvements of such features have a higher barrier compared to  
improvements of newer, better designed features.

In this case, I think it is possible to extend <map> to address the use  
cases without regressing interop or breaking Web content, and there is  
demonstrated need from Web developers. The missing piece is positive  
signals from browser vendors.

[1] The only new feature I'm aware of since HTML4 is  
HTMLMapElement#images. This feature has not been implemented by anyone, so  
unless somone suddenly shows interest implementing it, it will most likely  
be removed again.
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=28219
-- 
Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:09:21 UTC

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