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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster 161

Posted by Soulskill
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nerdyalien writes: At some point, haven't all web developers spent an unjustifiable number of hours trying to optimize a desktop site for mobile devices? Responsive web design provides a solution: "develop once, works in every device." However, still it downloads multi-MB images and re-sizes them based on device screen resolution. Retrieving optimized images from the server, based on device (desktop, tablet, phone) and the device's internet connection (fiber, broadband, mobile), has always been an open problem. Recently, a number of freelance developers are tackling this with a new HTML element, <picture>, which informs the web browser to download optimized images from the server. The tag will be featured in Chrome and Firefox later this year. Will this finally deliver us faster web browsing on mobile devices and an easier web development experience?
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

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  • Designer (Score:4, Informative)

    by CanadianMacFan (1900244) on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @04:11PM (#47810343)
    Or the graphics designer could just optimize the graphics so that they are the smallest possible size in the first place. Then they are the fastest for everyone. Designers, like programmers, are usually used to having the fastest computers and connections so they forget about people with slower computers and connections.

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