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Thumbnails, rev #2

Friday, January 09, 2009 by Dave Winer.

12/28/05: "One way to do something, no matter how flawed that way is, is better than two, no matter how much better the second way is."  Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named airplane.gifEarlier today I revised a proposal from December for including thumbnail images in HTML. I am now revising that proposal again to be compatible with Digg's (undated) proposal, which I just found out about.  Permalink to this paragraph

I'm not going to add another format when one exists that differs from mine only by the choice of a name (they call it an image_src, I called it a thumbnail). Permalink to this paragraph

Their format doesn't call for a type, or height and width -- I'm going to include that info and hope that Digg ignores it. Permalink to this paragraph

You can see an example by viewing source on this pagePermalink to this paragraph

To test, I've submitted the example to Digg. They ask if it's an news article, video or image, I chose image. A few steps later and it's submitted, and apparently they picked up the thumbnail. Looks good!  Permalink to this paragraph

Seems like a done deal! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Update: FriendFeed does support this format in their bookmarklet. I tested it, and it works. Happy! That's already a lot of compatibility for less than an hour's worth of work. My photo site plugs into Digg and FriendFeed. Permalink to this paragraph


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