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Thread: Optimising Images in Internet Explorer

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    Optimising Images in Internet Explorer

    We all know that Internet Explorer is the worst browser out there, but I'm getting frustrated at the fact that all the images I'm using on my site are jagged seemingly only in Internet Explorer. In Chrome and Safari, my images display well.

    I am using PNG images and for the benefit of Retina iOS devices, I have to save all my images twice the size (that I need) and then use inline height/width HTML to scale them down. This reduces their original size by 50% but ensures they don't appear blurry on Retina devices due to double the amount of pixels in the same screen size. However, this does me no favours in Internet Explorer because the images appear blurry when they aren't their 'natural' sizes.

    So I can't optimise my images and display them as the actual size they are. Yes, this would work in Internet Explorer, but it wouldn't work for Retina devices.

    Any solutions?


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    If the images are loaded within CSS, you could use pixel-ratio media queries:
    @media (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2){
      /* Swap image for higher-res version */
    You can use JS window.devicePixelRatio to swap images loaded via HTML. Here's a write-up on that property: devicePixelRatio - QuirksBlog
    Last edited by Ronald Roe; Oct 30th, 2013 at 08:36 AM.
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