Re: [css-images] Lifting restrictions on nesting image-set()

On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 2:58 AM, Dirk Schulze <> wrote:
> On Oct 2, 2014, at 10:57 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <> wrote:
>> Currently, the image-set() function forbids more image-set()s from
>> nested inside of it, either directly or inside of other <image> values
>> (like nesting within a cross-fade()).
>> On the call two weeks ago, I said that I don't think this restriction
>> is actually needed.  It was originally added due to the complexity of
>> handling fallback across nested things, but we removed the fallback
>> ability so that we could later produce a well-tuned fallback()
>> function or something similar that handled all the fallback properly.
>> Now, though, it shouldn't be hard.  Nesting them is still *weird*, and
>> there's no reason to do so, but there's no reason to *restrict* it,
>> which requires additional code to detect and enforce.
>> (I don't currently properly define how the resolution change actually
>> gets applied to the image; however I define it, some answer will fall
>> out for what nesting them means.  The actual answer isn't important,
>> because there's no use-case for nesting them.)
> Would it be harmful to investigate in a later version of the spec? In general I like the idea but think that browser need to catch up first. Deep nesting can be tricky. What about a MAY in the spec that turns into a MUST later?

What do you think might be tricky about deep nesting?  You just
process at the top level based on the information at that level
(<resolution>), and make a choice.  If that choice is a function, you
turn that into an image somehow; this might involve processing a
second image-set().  Eventually you bottom out into either a url or a
generated image, along with an intrinsic resolution override.


Received on Friday, 3 October 2014 16:26:21 UTC