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Re: [whatwg] Media query for bandwidth ??

From: Michael A. Peters <mpeters@domblogger.net>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:39:37 -0800
To: whatwg@lists.whatwg.org
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I don't think it needs to happen in JS first. A CSS media query is 
completely opt-in. Developers don't need to use the media query if they 
do not want to, it is just a way that developers can make their websites 
more friendly to users with bandwidth constraints without sacrificing 
for users who do not have bandwidth constraints.

On 12/09/2016 11:51 AM, Jonathan Garbee wrote:
> FTR there was a working group to provide a Network Information API [1] to
> let JS handle this more easily. In trying to do that, they had a difficult
> time actually getting accurate information for the API to provide. So it
> was canned in order to further assess the cases specifically and other
> approaches. I highly doubt if there was trouble building a JS API for this
> type of thing that CSS alone can handle it in some way.
> If something like this is to happen, it *needs* to happen in JS first. That
> way developers have control, from a working and proven implementation there
> we could find a syntax for CSS to work on top of. So for now, you're
> probably best off polyfilling some JS API and using that to experiment with
> to present as a solution. That way it can be more easily vetted and tested.
> [1] https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/dap/raw-file/tip/network-api/Overview.html
> On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 12:43 PM Michael A. Peters <mpeters@domblogger.net>
> wrote:
>> On 12/09/2016 09:03 AM, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
>>> On 12/9/16 5:57 AM, Michael A. Peters wrote:
>>>> max-height and max-width and orientation change, but device-width does
>>>> not change.
>>> Just as a point of fact, device-width can absolutely change.  The
>>> simplest case is a two-monitor setup with the window getting dragged
>>> from one monitor to another, but similar things can happen when things
>>> are docked/undocked, monitors are plugged in or removed, etc.
>>> -Boris
>> Ah yes, point taken.
>> With a bandwidth query I would recommend it only change on a page reload
>> but it wouldn't have to be done that way.
>> This wouldn't only be beneficial to fonts, a lot of images etc. are
>> defined in CSS too.
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