Today we'll be looking at the
HTML Picture element. It can be used to have native responsive image support.
So how it works is we wrap our normal
img tag inside a
picture element and add
This will then be defining on media queries which image it shows.
HTML Picture Element
Ok, let's get started!
For this example, we will be using extreme cases, normally you would just use a modified version of your original image but in a smaller size or different orientation.
<picture> <source media="(min-width: 650px)" srcset="https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1589965716319-4a041b58fa8a?ixlib=rb-1.2.1&ixid=eyJhcHBfaWQiOjEyMDd9&auto=format&fit=crop&w=1867&q=80" /> <source media="(min-width: 465px)" srcset="https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1534235261404-7625cd79bdb9?ixlib=rb-1.2.1&ixid=eyJhcHBfaWQiOjEyMDd9&auto=format&fit=crop&w=1950&q=80" /> <img src="https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1537151608828-ea2b11777ee8?ixlib=rb-1.2.1&ixid=eyJhcHBfaWQiOjEyMDd9&auto=format&fit=crop&w=939&q=80" alt="A amazing corgi dog" /> </picture>
Now on we should see the following:
- Screen above 650px - Corgi on a mountain
- Screen between 465 and 650px - Corgi on the stairs
- Screen smaller then 465 - Puppy Corgi!
Now isn't that amazing!
To make this function even better, add loading="lazy".
Feel free to view these Corgis on Codepen.
A super cool feature, but not supported by IE and Opera mini as expected.
However! They will fallback to the default image! So no real objection to using it!
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Top comments (4)
Just add a loading="lazy" on the img tag in there and you have a pretty sweet thing going! :)
Super addition, going to add it to the article!
Ah gool ol' IE.
Yes, but even then safes you the work for the other browser, this code will still progress in IE, only not show the actual srcset images.