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Bug 11450 - Reconsider <img src=""> with a base URL
Summary: Reconsider <img src=""> with a base URL
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LC1 HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other other
: P3 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-12-01 20:12 UTC by contributor
Modified: 2011-08-04 05:11 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description contributor 2010-12-01 20:12:04 UTC

Reconsider <img src=""> with a base URL

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Comment 1 Ms2ger 2010-12-01 20:13:20 UTC

IE: fires error
Chrome/Gecko: fires load
Opera: doesn't fire anything
Comment 2 Jonas Sicking (Not reading bugmail) 2010-12-01 20:18:14 UTC
If the semantic meaning of <img src=""> is "no image here, don't load anything", then Opera's behavior makes the most sense to me.
Comment 3 Simon Pieters 2010-12-01 21:05:34 UTC shows two pages that expect an error event for <img src="">.
Comment 4 Ms2ger 2010-12-02 08:14:54 UTC
I don't want to reopen the discussion about <img src=""> in general; just for the specific case where the img has another base URL than the page itself.

For reference:
Comment 5 Simon Pieters 2010-12-02 10:46:04 UTC
The point of not fetching anything for <img src=""> was to reduce useless fetching. I think most pages that use <base> just use it to point to their site's root for convenience in writing their <a href>s, and don't expect it to make their <img src=""> templates suddenly make network requests.
Comment 6 Jonas Sicking (Not reading bugmail) 2010-12-02 18:38:27 UTC
Indeed. I don't think the base URL should affect anything here. Neither what requests hit the network, nor what events are fired.

(Note that I think firefox doesn't behave like what I just described, but I think we should change that)
Comment 7 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2010-12-08 00:14:56 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: Spec fires 'error'. I don't think there's much point supporting src="" with a base URL, for the reason given in comment 5.
Comment 8 Jonas Sicking (Not reading bugmail) 2010-12-08 00:44:16 UTC
I filed bug comment 2
Comment 9 Jonas Sicking (Not reading bugmail) 2010-12-08 00:44:57 UTC
I filed bug 11497 on comment 2
Comment 10 Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-04 05:11:40 UTC
mass-move component to LC1