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 defined on media queries which image it shows.
HTML Picture Element
Ok, let's get started!
For this example, we will be using extreme cases. Usually, you would use a modified version of your original image but in a smaller 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 than 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.
See the Pen HTML Picture Element Responsive Images by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.
A super cool feature, but not supported by IE and Opera mini as expected. However! They will fall back to the default image! So no real objection to using it!
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