A few years ago, I wrote about how we can use css to style broken images. The technique leveraged on the fact that any styling to the
::after pseudo-elements on the
<img> element will only be applied if the image doesn’t load. So, we could style those elements and they would only display if the image was broken.
Here’s an example of how I’ve styled broken images on this site:
There are pros and cons to handling broken images this way. One limitation is browser support, as this technique doesn’t work in some major browsers like Safari.
Having recently done a lot of work with service workers, it occurred to me that we could use the service worker to handle broken images in a different way. Since the service worker can tell if an image file isn’t able to be fetched, we can handle that condition by, for example, serving a different image to the browser.
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