Automatic Image Resizing Checked In
Sunday January 19th, 2003
David Illsley writes: "Yesterday saw the checkin of automatic image resizing (bug 73322) to the Mozilla trunk. When turned on (it's disabled by default) it shrinks any image that is bigger than the window to make the whole image visible. When this is done, the cursor over the image changes to tell you that if you click, the image is restored to full size. You get the best of both worlds! This currently doesn't have a prefs UI in Phoenix but if you put the appropriate pref in you user.js file, it works just fine. This is one of the few features in IE that I have seen and liked and it's great that Moz now has it too. Thanks guys."
To enable this feature in Mozilla, go to Edit > Preferences > Appearance and check the 'Enable automatic image resizing' box. If you're using Phoenix, add the following line to your prefs.js or user.js file:
#19 The Worst of IE, Coming to Mozilla
Monday January 20th, 2003 2:45 AM
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For owners of web sites, automatic image resizing is *not* optional. Their content is being deliberately altered, possibly distorted, and mispresented without their permission and without the user being aware of it on a per incident basis. (I know, the option must be clicked on, but "automatic" means that the user doesn't necessarily know when resizing is occurring.) As someone else alluded to, this could possibly result in copyright violations. The browser, playing the middle man between content developer and viewer, is entrusted by both sides with rendering content faithfully according to accepted standards and *expected behavior*. The developer is left completely out of the loop, and the viewer doesn't know what images have been automatically resized without mousing over every single suspiciously large image.
This is a *mis*feature and should not be in the regular builds.
Why is Mozilla embracing the worst aspects of IE? First, it was the annoying, non-standard marquee tag, now this. What next? IE's lame page transitions? VBScript? FrontPage extensions in Composer? This is all cruft.
If automatic_image_distorting is really going to stay in Mozilla, then there should at least be a Meta tag for web developers to prevent their images from being shrunk. I know, MS hasn't done it for IE, but Mozilla could be bold and take the high low ground. ;-)