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  • # December 8, 2012 at 5:09 am


    I am currently using reposnd.js to assist in making my site responsive for legacy browsers but I’ve come up with what is to me (as in i’m very poor with javascript) a pretty big issue.

    On all modern browsers including IE9 my conditional loading of images for larger screen sizes using matchMedia (all code obtained from the excellent Implementing Responsive Design book – see below) works perfectly but on IE8 I’m left with empty spaces where the images should be loaded. I’ve spent the past couple of hours looking around for a solution but to be totally honest have ended up in a state of near total confusion.

    I’d really appreciate it if someone would spend me the time to a) recommend a robust solution and b) explain how it should be implemented within my site.

    If it helps here is the code (from the book) that I’ve been using:

    < div data-src="images/supporting-project1.jpg" class="support">

    and the javascript

    window.onload = function() {

    //images enhancement
    if (window.matchMedia(“(min-width: 46.875em)”).matches) {
    //load in the images

    var lazy = Utils.q(‘[data-src]’);
    for (var i = 0; i < lazy.length; i++) {
    var source = lazy.getAttribute(‘data-src’);
    //create the image
    var img = new Image();
    img.src = source;
    //insert it inside of the link
    .insertBefore(img, lazy.firstChild);
    $(‘.support img’)
    .css({height: “auto” });


    I Understand that matchMedia is not supported for IE8 hence why this approach fails for this browser.

    Any help could would be much appreciated.



    # May 10, 2013 at 4:15 am

    The images are not loaded because that you are actually referring to the images with the data-src. The JavaScript itself creates a img tag with the image when loaded (hitting the matchmedia query).

    What I would recommend is to use the noscript tag and use that as a fallback for old IE:

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