[rfc-i] illustrations & equations rare: extra overhead for creating them acceptable

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Wed Mar 28 05:29:33 PDT 2012


On 2012-03-28 14:20, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
> On 28 Mar 2012, at 14:12 , Julian Reschke wrote:
>
>> Actually, we want to limit the level of complexity, not the actual image size (Retina? SVG?)
>
> We want to limit both. The trouble with vector formats is that they have unbounded data size and can only be decoded by complex / slow software. So as far as I'm concerned, SVG is out.

I agree that browsers are complex. I disagree with the "slow" part for 
reasonably complex diagrams.

> Please don't encourage Apple by using the word "retina". Yes, very high resolution images look nice, but a good number of misguided individuals will take advantage of the huge canvas by cramming in lots of small details and type. Or tiny type in a sea of white. I've encountered numerous network diagrams that required a good bit of zoom to make the text labels more than two pixel high on my _desktop_, let alone on a mobile device. So a pixel limit makes sense to me. Of course that's mostly treating the symptom, not the disease.

Understood and agreed.



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