Sphinx and docutils lack any ability to work with modern
attributes, making it difficult to work with responsive/high-DPI images.
We've historically provided a
retina_images extension that made use
data attributes, but we don't even ship this anymore on our sites.
This change introduces a new extension that gives us a nice way of using
It extends the existing
image directive to take an optional
sources option. If provided, this will determine the images that
will be collected in the resulting documentation and provided as a
srcset=. This looks like:
.. image:: path/to/file.png
:sources: 2x firstname.lastname@example.org
The structure is a bit different from the native value for
<img srcset>. Descriptors (e.g.,
2x) go first, commas aren't
required if splitting across multiple lines, and
1x is inferred from
the main image.
This is actually entirely optional. If any suitable files exist
alongside the main referenced file, they'll be found and used to build
up the srcset. So the above
even need to be specified. They'll be directly scanned and added.
This makes this extension a drop-in option for codebases without needing
to rely on the custom option.
The reason we're modifying
image to begin with, rather than adding a
new directive, is in part to faciliate a drop-in solution that can still
render images without the use of the extension (such as when viewed on
GitHub), but also because the image machinery in both docutils and
Sphinx is baked in and complicated. It's far more error-prone to
introduce something new that replicates all that logic than to
monkeypatch with an optional option that doesn't even need to be
specified for the common case.
This extension does not depend on anything else within this package, and
requires no configuration, so it can be used directly in any Sphinx