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Account icon CSS display

edited November 2006 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I noticed that Vanilla's default theme shows account icons by doing things like <div class="CommentIcon" style="background-image:url('...');"> </div>. I'm wondering why it does this instead of using an <img> tag. I know <img> is often misused to present layout elements, but that's not a legitimite objection here; an account icon is actual content, not layout. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?


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    because with img tags i can right click and say save image as
    with the css method i cannot do that

    I know thats not a valid point, but its interesting anyway. :)

    this could be an excellent example of Divitis
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    I think it's partly because using css we dont have to bother with resizing the image. I'm pretty sure it used to use the image tag but naturally it's quicker and less load on the server if it just serves up and crops the image rather than resizing it and loading it.
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