June 2010 Archives — 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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