I don’t see image sprites used that much anymore, but it’s still a good technique for reducing downloaded decorative image assets when you have multiple on a page. The big idea is combining all the graphics into one and then shifting around the size and
background-position to reveal one at a time.
Say you’re site needs dozens or hundreds of country flags — that’s a perfect opportunity for a sprite. Michael P. Cohen has built a generator site to help … Read article “Freak Flags”