12 Jul CSS Web Images Will Save Download Times
July 12, 2010
Came across this blog post this past weekend: CSS is the new Photoshop
It’s talking about CSS3 and HTML5’s ability to render graphic elements with absolutely no images involved. The benefit being that you have fewer calls to the server to retrieve images (why CSS sprites have become popular). The print guys can think of it like Illustrator vs Photoshop. This new process doesn’t use pixels (just as Illustrator does not). Where Photoshop pixels have the overhead of downloading from the server, these can render within the browser itself.
Nested several links deep it gets to this CSS Images example page (requires the latest Safari or Chrome): It’s not necessarily the slimmest HTML out there (you can see how they built it in the view source)… Their comment is that people pop-the-hood on HTML but they don’t on PostScript files.