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Re: Proposal: Form factor media queries

From: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:24:28 -0700
Message-ID: <CACQ=j+e1ejJuAK1hVXQVUfT5ho_me70+QhMQj4TfqdpvtE0i7w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Florian Rivoal <florianr@opera.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
take a look at OIPF DAE Reference Guide [1], Section 5.1, for an example of
a fine grained set of features that could be used for media features; more
details in [2] Section 9


On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 7:15 AM, Florian Rivoal <florianr@opera.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:28:04 +0100, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>  There are two solutions I see that could work for this:
>> (1) Fix MQ so that browsers are allowed to match both "screen" and
>> handheld/tv/projection/tablet at the same time.  If necessary, add a
>> new type that functions as an exclusive desktop-targetted typed, since
>> "screen" no longer functions as that.  Opera already fakes this
>> approach, by matching projection when in fullscreen *if and only if*
>> they detect a projection stylesheet; otherwise, it matches screen.  I
>> don't know what GoogleTV ended up doing, but they discussed the same
>> fakery with the tv type.
>> (2) Deprecate the handheld/tv/projection media types, and make a new
>> media query with those values instead, perhaps named "device-type".
>> If necessary, mint another value for typical desktop/laptop screens.
>> Now that Anne's no longer the editor of MQ, I suppose Florian is the
>> one to ask about this.  What say you, Florian?
> I would do neither 1 or 2.
> Media types is a broken approach, for two reasons. Exclusivity is one,
> and the fact that people will think of of new devices all the time
> makes it a problem.
> We should keep media types as they are, but focus future development
> on media features.
> When you want to make a TV style sheet, is it because the screen is
> big (and far), or because it has a limited input mechanism? Could be
> either, could be both, and depending on that, maybe your style sheet
> would also apply to a projector, a poster, a gaming console...
> Here are some examples of things we should be able to detect through
> media features: continous vs paged, touchscreen or not, updatable
> vs static (paper, e-ink...). There are certainly many more, but
> the list isn't quite as subject to explosive growth as a list
> of media or device types would be.
> I believe this approach would work and scale much better than media
> types.
>  - Florian
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