June 2010 - Broken Links Archive

Web Directions @media 2010

Usu­al­ly when I attend @media (that is, on two pre­vi­ous occa­sions) I write a fol­low-up blog post on what I saw there. Well I attend­ed this year, and I’ve writ­ten the post, but it’s on the blog of my employ­er, Pre­loaded: HTML5, Mobile, and UCD: what we saw at @media.

Using SVG in backgrounds with PNG fallback

My last post was about using SVG val­ues for the background-image prop­er­ty, and I point­ed out one big prob­lem with the technique:

The draw­back of this is that it’s not ready for use just yet—browsers that don’t sup­port SVG in background-image will not pro­vide any fall­back, even if you sup­ply anoth­er background-image val­ue; so in non-sup­port­ing browsers, no image at all will be displayed. 

This was annoy­ing me a lit­tle, and I could­n’t find any workarounds that did­n’t use JavaScript. How­ev­er, after a bit of head-scratch­ing I’ve come up with a way to get around it.

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Using SVG in background-image

While hav­ing a look through the list of fea­tures for devel­op­ers planned for Fire­fox 4 ear­li­er today, I noticed this:

You can now use SVG with the img ele­ment, as well as the back­ground image in CSS.

I know you can already use SVG in background-image with Safari, Chrome and Opera, and this, cou­pled with Inter­net Explor­er’s push towards SVG and the strong chance this will be avail­able in IE9, made me decide to take a clos­er look.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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