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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.
Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:09:21 UTC

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