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Like Matt said, Iâ€™d love to see your alternative.
I did a lot of research into this problem. The issues are outlined here:
I examined nineteen different techniques as part of my research on responsive images:
A Google Spreadsheet containing all of the different techniques and my analysis using a proxy server to watch asset loading can be found at the bottom of the second link.
It is entirely possible that everyone has missed a simple and obvious solution. If so, please publish it. Weâ€™d welcome it and thank you profusely.
But given the amount of time people have put into solving this problem, it is likely that there isnâ€™t a great solution.
Mattâ€™s solution may be a hack, but thatâ€™s all weâ€™ve got at the moment. Adaptive images is one of the best solutions I reviewed and probably the easiest for people to implement.
Thanks Matt for a great article and for continuing to try to improve techniques for images in responsive designs.