Bug 20176 - Syntax only supports 'mobile first'
Summary: Syntax only supports 'mobile first'
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: The srcset attribute (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Edward O'Connor
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
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Blocks: 20212
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Reported: 2012-11-30 15:20 UTC by Marcos Caceres
Modified: 2014-05-08 20:20 UTC (History)
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Description Marcos Caceres 2012-11-30 15:20:51 UTC
The img@srcset does not afford developers the ability to define the breakpoints for images as either minimum values (mobile first) or maximum values (desktop first) to match the media queries used in their design.

See: “Secret src” http://adactio.com/journal/5474/
Comment 1 Mat Marquis 2013-01-21 17:49:50 UTC
Commenting per the HTML WG’s request[1]:

This bug would be addressed by the proposed `picture` extension specification: See: http://picture.responsiveimages.org/#relationship-to-srcset

Further discussion is available in the WHATWG clone of this bug: https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=20212

1: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-wg-announce/2013JanMar/0006.html
Comment 2 Edward O'Connor 2014-05-08 20:20:06 UTC
The two alternatives are mathematically equivalent, and because of this everyone agrees that it's *possible* to express either a "mobile first" or "desktop first" set of breakpoints. Given this, I think the complexity costs of adding syntax to improve the "desktop first" case outweigh the benefits.