Mixed Content and Responsive Images

Interesting issue Jonathan Snook ran into when switching a site over to HTTPS. Even though images from HTTP resources should still get loaded by the browser (as they are Passive Mixed Content, and thus tolerated), they weren’t:

After some digging, I noticed that the images that weren’t loading were those defined using the <picture> element. Surely that’s not expected behaviour, is it? Turns out, it is.

As Jonathan found out the hard way, the Mixed Content Spec does actively block images, but only when they are defined in an imageset – which is the case for <picture>.

Of course it is recommended to migrate all resources to HTTPS and not to run with Passive Mixed Content because browsers, today, will not give your site the green checkmark and, one day, will most likely block Passive Mixed Content too.

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About the Author

Bramus is a Freelance Web Developer from Belgium. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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