“Ryan”:http://www.alistapart.com/comments/fluidgrids?page=4#40 , thanks so much for the feedback. You rascally fixer, you.
And believe me, I don’t consider your position a cop-out. As I said in the article, I don’t pretend that fixed-width design is easy, or without its fair share of problems. Adding another variable on top of the myriad browser- and content-related issues we already navigate?
Yeah, sign me up for that year-long subscription to Crazy Magazine, Marcotte.
Still, I don’t think that fluid media (I love that term) is as far off as you suggest. In what I’ve seen over the past year, image and video scaling actually isn’t that bad on non-Mac browsers. Yes, it takes a bit of work, and maybe the solutions aren’t as elegant as we’d like. But they are workable, and can definitely be improved. At the very least, I don’t see the current challenges as an impasse; no more than the problems we’ve already solved, like getting PNG transparency to work in IE6.
I think if more folks from our community discussed the issues that arise from media/layout scaling (like the ones you’ve encountered), we’d be better equipped to collectively address them. Like I said, I really think our users would thank us for the effort.