Refresh is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, & professional culture of New Media endeavors in the Boston area while promoting design, technology, usability, and standards.
The goal of a “responsive images” solution is to deliver an image ideally suited to the end user’s ever-changing context, rather than serving the largest potentially necessary image to everyone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t proven to be quite so simple in practice as it seems to be in theory. Small screens should get smaller images, sure, and large screens should get larger ones. Naturally, only high-resolution displays should qualify for high-resolution images, but what if that user has limited bandwidth available? Would the low-resolution image be preferable—and at what point? Explore the path to a standardized solution, look at some of the proposals that will be shaping our future work; and learn techniques we can use to start saving our users’ bandwidth today..
Mat “Wilto” Marquis is a former member of the jQuery Mobile team, technical editor and contributor at A List Apart, and speaker for An Event Apart. Mat is Chair of the Responsive Images Community Group and an editor of the W3C HTML5.1 specification. Mat is most proud of having finished Mega Man 2 for the NES, on “difficult,” without losing a single life.
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